Another Pink GWF Christmas Celebration in Photos

For the first time in 10 years of Good Work Foundation’s (GWF) existence, GWF CEO Kate Groch managed to get every single team member in one place. GWF has four digital learning campuses and 80 members make up the digital family. All 80 gathered under the digital tree at Hazyview for a week of strategising and forward planning for 2017, and then concluded with an early Christmas celebration party.

During the week, Kate and some members of the team shared many beautiful memories of GWF’s early days; in this particular one, Kate explains who we as the GWF family are as an organisation, and most importantly, as a team:

“There are so many things that can be said about this #PinkTeam. We have spent the week learning from each other and about each other and we have been humbled and inspired by the stories we have shared.

I have been amazed by how everyone has thrown themselves into the workshops… we have created gifts for each other that inspire us to do better and we have celebrated the things we are good at. We have worked on ourselves as individuals and as teams.

We have realised that within this team there are other teams and that we always have support. Some of us have seen elephants for the first time and others have shared their hearts with people who, a week ago, were strangers.

We have played together, worked together, laughed together and been inspired together. We have road-tripped together, travelled together, learned together, planned together, shared together and sung together…

“Hear me on this!” I could talk for days. So I have decided to stick to who we are.

We are GOOD WORK FOUNDATION

G We do Good Work, no, Great Work… actually as Trevor Manuel said, “we do Splendid Work!”

O - We are Outstanding at what we do

O – We are Original and never afraid to try something new

D – A Dedicated Team, passionate about education, our country, its people and about our mission

WWonderful individuals who create wonder-filled spaces of learning every day

O – We are Ordinary people doing Extra-ordinary things. Extraordinary things every single day

R We are Rural Revolutionaries and #RuralRockstars

K – We are Kind to ourselves and each other.  As my hero the Dalai Lama says. “Be Kind whenever possible. It is always Possible.”

F – A Family that includes members all over the world

O – Always creating Opportunities for our communities and the learners and students who pass through our digital programmes

U – A United team taking on one of SA’s key challenges. Access to World class education

N Always breaking New Ground with our Open Learning academy and Bridging Year programmes

DDisrupt, disrupt, disrupting a system that fails young people around the world

A an Abundant  group of people who are exploring how to share what we have learnt

T – A Team that knows that together we are stronger

I – we are Inspired and inspiring

OOh my goodness we have a lot of work still to do but we will do it together and with love

N – We will Never give up until we have changed the lives of an entire generation

And so team, I celebrate a wonderful year with you all and look forward to an even better one next year…  we have a few busy weeks of launches, graduations, interviews and planning. And then we will have completed another wonderful and wonder-filled year at GWF.

So I wish you all a very happy Christmas time with families and time to recharge and I ask that you all rest

Rest well so that you are all ready as we begin 2017 to continue the amazing work we do every day.

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Good Work Foundation’s new HR Administrator Amukelani Ndobe.

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Good Work Foundation’s 80 staff members at the Numbi Hotel during the Christmas party.

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From left to right: Media Intern Mfumo Thobela, GWF Communications and Media Coordinator Accolade Ubisi and Justicia Campus Head Linky Nkuna.

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From left to right: Justicia Campus Bridging Academy Coordinator Fumani Mathumbu, Hazyview Campus Open Learning Academy Coordinator Zodwa Buthelezi with Hazyview Campus Bridging Academy Coordinator Njabulo Mashele.

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Members from the Philippolis Campus, some visiting Hazyview for the very first time.

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“We have realised that within this team there are other teams and that we always have support. Some of us have seen elephants for the first time and others have shared their hearts with people who, a week ago, were strangers.We have played together, worked together, laughed together and been inspired together. We have road-tripped together, travelled together, learned together, planned together, shared together and sung together…”

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It is not a party if the secret Santa Maya(first from left) is not there giving out gifts to every single member of the Good Work Foundation team. Leon (second from left) played an important role a week before the party through workshops to ensure that GWF continues to multiply its success. Angela Clifton (third from left) was the magic that organised the entire day’s events, we are so thankful to her for all the hard work. Gogo (fourth from left) did not want the party to end as she went around the table doing what she is best known for; ‘catching up’ with everyone.

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Philippolis team as they shut their week of Mpumalanga visiting at Numbi Hotel. From left to right; Natasha Pada, Joanita Rakoetswane, Lona Louw and Milla van Wyk.

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our aspiring coffee shop owner Teaman Manzini impressed by his Christmas gift with his name and name of coffee shop printed on it.

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The team mingling with collegues from all campuses; from left to right, Justicia Campus Open Learning facilitator Rose Masilela, Hazyview Campus Open Learning facilitator Lerato Mail, Hazyview Campus Hospitality facilitator Nikiwe Mabanga and Hazyview Campus Open Learning volunteer Oscar Madonsela.

Written by GWF CEO: Kate Groch

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