BY: Jamil Khan
JOHANNESBURG – United Colors Of Fashion (UCOF) will depart this week for our much-anticipated journey to South Africa. It is a goal we have been working towards since 2012 and we are thrilled to finally realize this trip. UCOF has been working tirelessly to raise funds for the children we support through our Charity Care Program, in Soweto, Johannesburg. With the incessant support from our donors, board members and staff we have raised $3000 for the 45 children at Mapetla Day Care.
The UCOF team will hand over the funds we have raised this past year, along with clothing, school supplies, shoes and other necessities. The children are always in need of these items, so once again, we appeal to the generosity of our donors to make this trip even more special.
Any donations of clothing, school supplies and shoes for children aged 1-5 would be, not only a gesture if goodwill, but a concerted effort to make a difference to the lives of children who have never known the luxury of a normal standard of living.
All donations of said items can be collected by UCOF in Manhattan and Central New Jersey. A 100% tax-deductible donation could alternatively be made. All efforts to advance our mission are received with the utmost appreciation. The goodness we are shown filters through to our precious kids in South Africa, and we relish the thought of seeing the smiles this goodness evokes.
Our Fashion Education Program will also reach a peak on this trip – Sade Solomon, our Achiever Of The Year will join the team.
We are arriving as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg starts and this will give her the opportunity to learn all she can about African and International fashion. She will be there for a week, where she will intern with the best local designers, choreographers, producers and stylists.
We are immensely grateful and excited that this trip has come to fruition and we would like to thank our donors, staff, ambassadors and board of directors for their unrelenting belief and support in our organization.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama.
Thank you for helping us to help others.
Jamil Khan is a Psychology graduate from Stellenbosch University with a keen interest in fashion, social upliftment and research. He is a United Colors Of Fashion press intern, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.