Going The Distance
We’re smiling from ear to ear to share that The 9 Miles Project have reached their goal – to raise enough money to buy a Quantum kombi and help their kids travel safely to and from their ‘haven’, the Strandfontein clubhouse.
If you didn’t catch our earlier blog post, The 9 Miles Project works with ‘at risk’ youth in coastal informal settlements and aims to provide them with mentorship and support. Based in Strandfontein Pavilion (Cape Town), the project is a refuge for youth who have very few positive role models in their lives. One of their challenges was the commute to and from their haven – the clubhouse. Initiated by like-minded legends Grant Cleghorn (from Gone Outdoor Supply Store) and Patrick Burnett (of Burnett Surfboards), an idea came about to fundraise enough cash to buy 9 Miles a kombi. To make this happen, Patrick worked with 4 of the older kids to make four beautiful, hand crafted wooden surfboards.
Marci’s board was auctioned off at our brewery in November for an incredible R70 000, and Shannon’s Mini Malibu went home with Kirsten Meyer, the lucky raffle winner. Both Kenzil’s Single Fin and Faieq’s Fish were sold in a private sale. To top it off, our friends at Wavescape were able to provide a significant contribution from the funds raised for the Wavescape Festival.
Reaching this milestone also brings us to the close of our first Pint for a Purpose – a dedicated tap in our brewery where proceeds go towards a cause in the community that we believe in. We kicked this initiative off with 9 Miles and are humbled to have been a part of their journey – even if just for a fleeting second. We have a restored faith in the goodness, tenacity and generosity of people like Nigel and his team. They are literally ‘going the distance’ every day, every week, every year. After spending some time at their club house and experiencing ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’ first hand, we’re beyond thrilled that those days are now a thing of the past. We encourage everyone to go out and see what they are doing, meet the kids and feel the power of positivity. We’re so thankful for what we’ve learnt, for the friendships we’ve made and for the inspiration gained. We look forward to keeping in touch with the 9 Miles team through our ambassador Matt Bromley – also an ambassador and inspirational leader for these amazing kids.
Hanging out at the 9 Miles Club House with our ambassadors Matt Bromley & James Puttick.
The Long Walk to Freedom
Keep an eye out for our next Pint for a Purpose, and support our cause by simply buying a beer.
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Pint for a Purpose x 9 Miles Project
Initially, we opened our Taproom as a space for friends and customers to come for a beer, meet the team, and understand the passion that goes into each and every batch we brew. One day we decided to open our doors to the world, and put the word out. It was a Friday and we brought in a food truck – just in case those who came were hungry. We were totally blown away by the turn out, with hundreds of people going out of their way, queuing to get in – in the pouring rain!
What we learnt that night really stuck with us. We’re part of an amazing community consisting of all walks of life. It’s this community that has played a vital role in the success of our Taproom and our brewery, and drives us to keep improving and brewing the best damn beer we possibly can. There are few things more rewarding than seeing people come together over a couple of beers in what we call ‘our home’. Everyone pays the same price, and everyone is here because they want to be.
Our community extends well beyond the borders of our brewery, and we’re constantly moved by the stories and meaningful work that we hear about on a regular basis.
It’s our community that’s inspired us to start our ‘Pint for a Purpose’ initiative – an initiative also adopted by our friends at Beerhouse from as early as 2014!
From today, when you come down to the brewery, you’ll spot a single tap different to the rest. Proceeds from that tap – this month, it’s our award winning Atlantic Weiss – will go towards the cause we’re currently supporting. The cause will change and so will the style of beer that runs through it, but the commitment will not.
Our first cause is the 9-miles Project, whose slogan is ‘Going the Distance’. The Project works with ‘at risk’ youth in coastal informal settlements and aims to provide mentorship and support. Based in Strandfontein Pavilion (Cape Town), the project is a haven and refuge for youth who have very few positive role models in their lives. One of their challenges is the commute to and from the safe haven – the clubhouse. Initiated by like-minded legends Grant Cleghorn (from Gone Outdoor Supply Store) and Patrick Burnett (of Burnett Surfboards), an idea came about to fundraise enough cash to buy 9-Miles a kombi.
“Walking to the project clubhouse is tough – especially in bad weather and with the fear of violence or abductions. The journey’s made because the clubhouse is a safe and positive environment but we are so grateful that, thanks to all involved, our dream of safe transport will soon become reality.” says 9 Miles founder, Nigel Savel. To make this happen, Patrick worked with some of the kids to make four beautiful, hand crafted wooden surfboards.
One of the boards will be auctioned at the Wavescape Art Board Auction (at the brewery on Nov 28th), one will be on sale in the Gone Store, and one will be up for grabs through a raffle. We have this last board on display at the brewery right now, so come on down and grab an ice cold Pint for a Purpose and a raffle ticket too at just R50 a pop.
If you’re not in the area, you can still contribute to this super worthy initiative by getting in touch with the 9 Miles team directly via email@example.com, or giving them a call on 082 997 8754 or 021 393 0436.
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