NEW YORK, NY (October 31, 2016)—Striving to become a leader in philanthropic initiatives within the wine industry, Cape Classics is making its social commitment official through the introduction of The Indaba Foundation (IF), a fully accredited 501(c)(3) organization. The IF invests in Early Childhood Development for the most vulnerable children within the Winelands region of South Africa. A portion of all global sales of Indaba Wines goes towards realizing this mission, but the majority of support is anticipated to be through fundraising and private donations.

“As a South African actively witnessing the challenges and outcomes of a society ravaged by poverty and unemployment, I feel compelled to not be a bystander. Raising a child under these circumstances dramatically heightens the vulnerability to the likelihood of a poor adult outcome,” said Andre Shearer, CEO of Cape Classics. “The Indaba Foundation has been established to dramatically change educational outcomes for the most vulnerable children of the South African Winelands, by training teachers in world-class Montessori standards. We want to offer that to as many children as we possibly can, realize their dreams and make a better life for themselves and their families.”

The IF’s central focus is to train and certify educators in the Montessori teaching method so they may bring the all-encompassing approach to schools established for Wineland workers’ children throughout the country. The curriculum for the first training class will occur in the Fall of 2017 in Stellenbosch.

“There is significant opportunity to positively impact the quality of care that children, particularly at-risk children, receive,” commented Doug Shaw, Senior Vice President, M.S. Walker, Inc. “Education initiatives, such as the Indaba Foundation, is a means to escape poverty and poor socio-economic circumstance and step into a new life.”

Since securing 501(c)(3) status, the Indaba Foundation has invested in creating curriculum for teacher training, refurbishing the training observation classroom, and upgrading the gardens and building surrounds to meet Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) standards. In addition to Cape Classic’s contribution to the IF through Indaba Wine sales, Cape Classics has received incredible support from its business partners—including Fedway Associates, Inc., Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, M.S. Walker, The Heights Hospitality Group, Cherbec Advancement Foundation—as well as notable benefactors such as The Bernard G. Segal Foundation.

“This is a very serious yet exciting undertaking in a world fraught with so many seemingly insurmountable hurdles, irresolvable conflicts, and often clouded or non-existent hope,” concluded Shearer. “Early Childhood Development is a beacon of light in all of that darkness, and an opportunity for us to create a positive education beginning for so many. Our long term goal is to have an impact over 25-100 years that will truly be able to change a global paradigm. We want to offer as many children as we can, the chance to write a different, and happy ending to their stories.”

Indaba Wines are imported by Cape Classics (New York, NY) and available nationwide through the country’s distribution partners. A portion of all global sales of the wine goes to the Indaba Foundation 501(c)(3). For more information visit www.indabawines.com, www.capeclassics.com or contact info@indaba-foundation.org.

INDABA WINES. Sustainably Grown, Superbly Crafted.

 

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ABOUT CAPE CLASSICS

Behind every farm, winemaker, bottle and grape lies an untold story.  Collectively, we discover these tales and share them with our customers. Demanding authenticity, Cape Classics operates the “old-fashioned” way, with relationships and social responsibility at the forefront of our business. The 29 wineries we represent throughout South Africa and France embrace sustainable eco and social practices, doing their part to help preserve lands for future generations while improving the human condition now. Our wines are expressive, crafted with passion and perspective, and delivered with the same hallmark levels of service and professionalism since 1992.

Additionally, a portion of the global sales from our Indaba brand is allocated to the Indaba Foundation (IF). A fully accredited 501(c)(3), the IF invests in world-class Montessori teacher training, learning materials, and educational infrastructure for Early Childhood Development teachers within South Africa’s Winelands and beyond.