Before an enthusiastic crowd of over 300, local grass-roots organization Golden Future presented ‘A Golden Evening’ on February 4th at the Caboto Club
Golden Future is an outreach project of University students and young professionals from Toronto and Windsor aimed at improving the lives of South African youth in a community called Khayelitscha, near Cape Town, South Africa. The central aim of the project is to facilitate and encourage peers dialogue and learning among the youth in local high schools. A wide range of topics is explored including: health and well-being, relationship-building, life skills, healthy development, educational discovery and career planning.
The Golden Future team train and fundraise throughout the year to prepare for their yearly trip to South Africa. All earnings from fundraisers and individual donations are used to allow the participants provide both an enriching classroom experience to the youth of South Africa and much needed school supplies.
Gerjon (Gary) Kalaci B.Sc., J.D., M.B.A.; CEO, Alexa Translations, founded Golden Future during his time here in Windsor as a student at the University of Windsor and while articling with the McTague Law Firm LLP. Kalaci made the trip back to Windsor from Toronto for the Gala and in his remarks stated that the project “really focuses on the empowerment of the South African students who come from some of the most impoverished areas of South Africa.”
Also making the trip down from Toronto, Ms Adele Faurue from the South African Consulate brought greetings and expressions of support and gratitude for this endeavour from the Consul General, Mr. Nyameko Goso.
Sasha Dowhayko – Golden Future Windsor Chapter President 2017 – a local Windsor nurse and student and the University of Windsor – capably handled the emcee duties for the night. Guests were served the traditional antipasto, bruschetta, penne, rolls and butter from the Caboto, along with Chicken Parigiana, mixed vegetables and roast potatoes. Bottles of red and white wine from the local Coopers Hawk Vineyards complemented a bottle of South African red wine on each table. The meal was capped off with tea and coffee and a selection of Italian pastries.
J. Alex Steel, a local student who is graduating from the University of Windsor, joined Golden Future this year and looks forward to his first trip to South Africa. “”For me, Golden Future presents a unique opportunity to apply and share the skills I’m developing at the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business in a dynamic situation. I’m not an engineer or a builder, but I understand business strategy – nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of the next generation is a way I can encourage growth in a community that has great potential for advancement in the next decade. I’d like to see more great leaders come out of South Africa, a single lesson may not change a life but it may add fuel to the spark of ambition.”
Feature photo: Gary Kalaci, Founder of Golden Future. Photo by Joe McParland.