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Epilepsy South Africa’s annual Wine Auction a success!

July 16, 2009

L'esprit de Vin2National Epilepsy Week 2009 ran from 15 to 21 June this year, and to celebrate, Epilepsy South Africa hosted another successful Wine Auction on Thursday 25 June.

The event’s reputation has grown over the last three years, and this is an indication of just how passionate the organisers are about their cause. They have a desire to create social awareness of epilepsy, and to raise funds for Epilepsy South Africa’s economic and social development programmes. This will assist those with epilepsy and other disabilities to have equal opportunities in life.

Epilepsy South Africa is dependent on the goodwill of its supporters and donors to make this possible.

The third Wine Auction was dressed up as a true French event, making it a memorable way to celebrate the link between South Africa’s proud wine history and its French origin. French landmarks, food preferences and entertainment charmed the guests of the Wine Auction at The Rotunda, the special events arena of The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town.

Epilepsy South Africa added a creative element to their event tickets, which were designed to look like airplane passes, granting guests access aboard a trip to Paris!

The guests were inspired and entertained by Daniele Pascal’s enchanting French chanteuse vocal style, and they were also treated with gifts to show how much Epilepsy South Africa valued their attendance.

Many guests attended the event, among them South African cricketing extraordinaire Jonty Rhodes, a fine sportsman who was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of six, and has proven to many sceptics how epilepsy can be overcome.

Farms that contributed to the auction included, in no particular order: Blaauwklippen, the main wine sponsor of the event; Under Oaks; Deetlefs; De Doorns; De Grendel; Ridgeback Wines; The Company of Wine People; Newton Johnson Vineyards; Axe Hill; Bouchard Finlayson; Springfield Estate; Hazendal; Van Loveren; Klein Constantia; Bellingham; Beyerskloof; Gary Player; Grangehurst; Migliarina; Nwanedi; Raka; Avondale; Slaley; Zandfliet; Blankbottle; Wolvendrift; Marklew; Bosman Family Vineyard; Groot Constantia; Laibach; Lanzerac; and Lourensford.

The guests of Epilepsy South Africa’s Wine Auction were stunned by the mastery of the Cellars, and it was an excellent conclusion to the third instalment of the popular event!

Did you know that epilepsy affect one in every 100 people? A lack of knowledge among the general population in South Africa about epilepsy poses several challenged for South Africans with epilepsy and other disabilities. However, epilepsy can be controlled, and the challenges are quite often more pronounced due to discrimination and stigmatisation.

For more information about epilepsy, the Wine Auction or to make a donation, visit the site or call 021 447 3014.

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