Corporate Social Responsibility

 

Carrick lives and breathes a culture of philanthropy. We are passionate about Africa and committed to making a real difference in the lives of disadvantaged communities. This goal can only be achieved through positive, meaningful partnerships.

 

Empowered Women Empower Women

 

South Africa has one of the world's highest rates of violent crime against women and children, crimes that include rape and murder. One in five South African women has experienced gender-based violence, while researchers say one in four South African men has committed rape. These shocking statistics must end.


The women employed by Carrick will run the initiative ‘Empowered Women, Empower Women’ campaign during the month of August – women’s month in South Africa. For this worthy initiative Carrick has partnered with the dynamic international award-winning Positive Psychologist, Success Coach and Hay House author, Niyc Pidgeon to raise funds for three selected safe houses for woman and child victims of gender-based violence and abuse in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

To raise much needed funds, we will be selling tickets to attend Niyc’s online ‘Master Your Mindset’ masterclass and five-week ‘Happy Women Make Money’ online course valued at R3,947. Ticket holders will also be eligible for a draw to win a personal 90-minute ‘Empowered Life Coaching Session’ with Niyc valued at R23,000.


All ticket sales will be donated to a safe house in three regions in South Africa.

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Sisters Incorporated

Sisters Incorporated is a beacon of hope in a community ravaged by domestic violence and abuse; providing care, lodging, counselling and skills to those who need it the most.

Sisters Incorporated plays a critical role in protecting, supporting and empowering women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence, abuse and stigmatisation that is so prevalent and widespread in our communities.

With a history spanning over 60 years in Cape Town, Sisters Incorporated has evolved from being a refuge for single mothers into a safe haven caring for women and their children from all walks of life.

Based in Cape Town Sisters Incorporated provide much needed care – free of judgement, criticism and bias – and aspire to empower those who pass through our doors, to become better equipped for their role in society.

Services include, but not limited to counselling and assistance with legal advice and support at court appearances; accommodation in comfortably furnished bedrooms with three nutritious meals a day; clothing and toiletries; child-care in a fully equipped facility and skills training.

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Frida Hartley

The Frida Hartley Shelter for destitute women and children in Yeoville, Johannesburg, doesn’t just give women a safe haven, they give them a future. The shelter takes in homeless women, and their children who have endured neglect, abuse, trauma and homelessness. They shelter individuals who have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet; young homeless mothers looking to kick-start their lives; and individuals going through financial difficulties (affected by retrenchment or unemployment).

The shelter is a non-profit organisation that aims to empower women, through providing accommodation, psycho-social support, employment, and training. The Frida Hartley Shelter also provides nutrition and childcare to the children housed at the shelter with their mother. This allows the mothers the time they need whilst they are job hunting.

The services the shelter offers include (but are not limited to) FREE job-skills training, accommodation up to 6 months, 3 meals a day, monthly toiletries, counselling, life skills training, entrepreneurial skills training and referrals to workplace employment and further psycho-social support. They aim to enable mothers to regain their dignity by becoming independent of the shelter, in order to adequately support themselves and their children.

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The Open Door Crisis Care Centre

The Open Door Crisis Care Centre is a non-profit, interdenominational outreach organisation established in 1997 at the request of the local South African Police Services. The centre’s services reach from Durban and throughout the Highway District and as far as Port Shepstone and Richards Bay. Their aim is to sustain a holistic, multifaceted one stop crisis and trauma centre offering counselling, social services and support groups.

Their success lies in the stories of broken lives that have been restored, in being able to provide comfort to a child that has just been a victim of incest or left abandoned. To ensure that a rape victim receives the proper medical and legal treatment. In reuniting a lost child with his/her parents. To providing a meal to a person in need. To be able to care and support an HIV positive woman or child, or family who has lost a loved one due to violence, family murders or crime related incidents.

The Open Door Crisis Care Centre is recognised for their work in fighting crimes against women and children, as well as taking a stand against human trafficking.

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Sustainable sponsorship: Signature of Hope Trust

 

Our chosen CSI partner, Signature of Hope Trust, is a direct reflection of this culture. Carrick is proud to support Signature of Hope Trust to achieve their mandate.


Signature of Hope Trust (SOH) is an accredited non-profit, public benefit (18A) organisation, structured as a charitable trust, raising funds through personal and corporate donations. These donations are dispersed to local non-profit organisations (NPOs).


South Africa has its own story - a deep and turbulent history on one hand and a jubilant, empowering story of tenacity and unity on the other. The ups and downs of this epic journey, however, have left communities vulnerable. For the marginalised - the poorest of the poor - basic services are still lacking. If left unchecked, this will result in a vast loss of human potential. Our sole purpose is to serve as custodians to see to it that vulnerable children who are in these positions - not of their own choice or doing - receive the medical care, food and education they need. These are the starting blocks so desperately required to help them on their own paths, giving them a chance to live towards reaching their full potential.


Early development of children is an essential part of the SOH Trust’s goal to develop healthy, engaged and civic-minded adults and sustainable communities. It often only takes a small financial injection to launch individuals and whole communities into development, ultimately resulting in sustainability and a break in the cycle of generational poverty. Empowering people, building communities, changing lives.


Visit www.signatureofhope.org to see how you can help make a lasting difference in the lives of South Africa’s most vulnerable communities.

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