Robben Island SleepOut event postponed to coincide with international event later in the year

From CEO SleepOut™:

The Trustees of The CEO SleepOut™ Trust would like to extend their sincere apologies if they have offended anyone in their quest to raise funds for worthy causes, as this is certainly not its intent. The CEO SleepOut™ Trust has as its goal to receive donations from third parties in relation to The CEO SleepOut™ Events, provide funding and support services, and ensure the funds are disseminated to the appointed Primary Beneficiaries with absolute transparency and accountability.

Reason for the postponement of the Robben Island SleepOut™ event

The CEO SleepOut™ Trust was approached by an international consortium mid-June 2018, who proposed that the date of the Robben Island Edition of The SleepOut™ be moved to later in the year to coincide with an international event, that is targeting the same target market. The SleepOut™ Trust held a meeting with this international consortium on 18 June 2018 to explore strategic alliances for possible collaboration and a decision was made by the Trustees to move the date of the Event. The section of the website relating to the Robben Island Event was then removed around this time period in order for the necessary updates to be made.

Robben Island | by aprillynn77
Robben Island

The CEO SleepOut™ Trust has been in ongoing discussions with Robben Island since early 2017 regarding the 2018 Event. In March 2018 The CEO SleepOut™ Trustees visited Robben Island to meet with the Robben Island Board. At this meeting all of the campaigns relating to the 2018 Robben Island Event were mutually strategized and subsequently agreed upon which included the following main elements:

  • The CEO SleepOut™ Project was given access to all the Maximum-Security jail cells for the Event
  • It included the use of the Maximum-Security Courtyard as well as Nelson Mandela’s Cell No. 7
  • The Auction of Cell No. 7 was agreed upon
  • The CEO SleepOut™ Project was given exclusive use of the required infrastructures at Robben Island to see the Event come to fruition, including the exclusive use of the Robben Island Ferries after the last public ferry at 14:00 on the 18th July. Access to their vehicles on the island, access to their tour guides, who are all former prisoners, access to water and electricity and access to the lime quarry and a night tour of the island.
The 2018 SleepOut™ Movement media launch – 10 May 2018

The Campaigns for all of The 2018 SleepOut™ Movement Events including the Robben Island edition were presented at the Media Launch held at Chancellor House on the 10th May 2018:

  • This Media launch was attended by the Robben Island appointed Spokesperson. In addition to all involved stakeholders, spokespersons and Beneficiaries.
  • The Auction of Nelson Mandela’s Cell was outlined in the media release distributed at the Event. This media release was also distributed to the national media
  • On the 4th June 2018 a media release detailing the auction was distributed to the national media and was featured in many publications including the Cape Times.
Prison-to-College Pipeline Project – the secondary beneficiary of the Robben Island auction

The sole Secondary Beneficiary of the Robben island No. 7 Cell auction is the Prison-to-College Pipeline Project (P2CP). P2CP has been developed through a partnership between Stellenbosch University and the South African Department of Correctional Services & Western Cape Community Organisations aimed at integrating prisoners back into their communities. P2CP is an innovative educational programme developed in New York that provides prisoners with access to public university-level education, mentorship, and community support to increase their chances of timely graduation and employment upon release.

Nelson Mandela is a shining example of how important prison education is having studied in prison, the funds raised through the auction of his cell was to go directly to benefitting prisoners in South Africa and assisting with their re-integration into society.

CEO SleepOut™ movement donating substantial funds to beneficiaries

During its three years in South Africa, The SleepOut™ Movement has raised a total of R52 734 715. It donated R38 321 561 to five Primary Beneficiaries, which all underpin the five pillars of ending homelessness, and contributed goods and services to the value of R3 561 298 to five Secondary Beneficiaries. The movement has seen 187 satellite Events held to date, with additional donations of goods to the value of R1 341 533 apportioned among 300 Beneficiaries.

The 2018 SleepOut™ Movement is a Philanthropic organisation that presents several unique new opportunities for everyone in South Africa to #RiseToTheChallenge in honour of Nelson Mandela’s 100th year and to raise awareness of the plight and injustice of homelessness, as well as raise funds to assist in eradicating this social inequality, in a series of memorable Events. This global call to action has seen notable South African Business Leaders, Influencers, Learners and Entrepreneurs spend a mid-winter night outdoors, raising funds and gaining empathy for the homeless to benefit selected Beneficiaries, as well as creating an ongoing commitment to change in the leaders themselves.