Charity event raises funds for FAS

Susan Louw, from Jade & Velvet/FASt Forward Fund; Helene Truter; Magda Malan, from Jade & Velvet/FASt Forward Fund; and Dianne Nel, former Mrs Cape Town.

A morning of fun, fashion and laughter was had at the annual Fast Forward – Make The Difference charity breakfast fund-raiser in aid of children with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

The Bloemendal Wine Estate in Durbanville was the place to be on Saturday September 3, with about 180 people attending the charitable event.

Hosted by local fashion retailer Jade and Velvet for the fourth year, it raised more than R55 000 for the FASt Forward Fund in aid of children with FAS – a condition caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

The fund makes it possible for children with the syndrome to experience equestrian therapy.

“Horse riding has been proven to be an excellent form of therapy for individuals with special needs. It improves balance, posture, muscle tone and joint flexibility, as well as developing attention span, reasoning, memory and other cognitive functions,” said Magda Malan from Jade&Velvet/FASt Forward Fund.

Helene Truter, known for her role as Tannie Poppie in Vetkoekpaleis, was the MC, while Jaco Louw, researcher at the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR), spoke about Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, which, he said, is often misdiagnosed as genetic disorders.

The band Rocking Horse kept the crowd entertained with some old favourites as well as music from their new album, Highway Going Nowhere.

Band member Clive Ridgway said: “When Susan Louw and Ms Malan, approached us to participate in a fund-raising event for children with FAS, it brought to mind a song we had recently recorded called Make The Difference. The underlying rationale of this little song is that we all have the power to make a difference.

“While few of us are in a position to change the world, all of us are in a position to change the world around us.”