Welcome back from the long weekend!
As Knysna gears up for the fun, sweat and tears of the Knysna Oyster Festival and its sporting events, we take a look at how this winter tourist magnet affects Knysna’s less advantaged communities.
According to the official Knysna Oyster Festival website, ALL official events must benefit a local non profit organisation or charity.
2012 saw over 1 million rand being raised – let us hold thumbs for even more this year!
The Local Loeries project is an attempt to include all local communities by offering sustainable opportunities for previously disadvantaged communities to get involved in the festival and reap the benefits for many years afterwards.
Local business and individuals act as mentors, guiding candidates to success, not only during the Oyster Festival but also other attractions and festivals through out the year.
Local sports clubs and events have also made allowance for those less fortunate or those who cannot afford entrance fees. They assist with training and arrange free entrance for suitable participants.
Please enquiry at your favourite events, should you wish to get involved. Perhaps there is a mentor in you!
For more information on the Local Loeries please see this video of a conference held in 2011
2011 Living Local – Local Loeries