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Helping homeless vendors

A Betty’s Bay resident with a penchant for charity work has started a project to help magazine vendors in Cape Town.

Candice-Leigh Dorman, a resident of Betty’s Bay (previously from Cape Town), said she felt the need to help vendors who sell The Big Issue magazine in Cape Town. “I want to create awareness of these vendors,” she said.

According to Dorman, they work under challenging conditions, selling magazines in all weather conditions, including pouring rain.

Based in Woodstock, close to the city, the magazine, a current affairs weekly registered as a non-profit, was founded to create job opportunities for jobless and homeless people through vending. It supports up to 150 vendors each month.

Dorman strives to spread awareness of the vendors, urging people to assist in her fundraising initiatives.

To this end, she has begun The Bigger Picture: A Humanitarian Effort.

So far, she has partnered with Tutors 4 Tomorrow to provide lessons for vendors’ children in various school subjects.

She has also got shop owners, from boutique owners to jewellers, on board. One has donated baby clothes to a vendor who recently had a baby, while another – Honey Fashions & Accessories – distributed jewellery gift sets among the women.

Another shop owner gave a complimentary voucher worth R3 000 and another donated bathing suits.

Dorman says empowering women is important to her, and she aims to start a trust for the vendors as well as provide accommodation in Woodstock for vendors.

With diverse charity work under her belt, as one of 12 executives of Reach Out and Give (Rag), she raised more than a million rand for Khayamandi township in Stellenbosch. This inspired The Bigger Picture initiative.

In 2018, Dorman raised R120 000 in total from about 50 companies for her initiative.

If anyone wishes to donate to The Bigger Picture they can contact Dorman at candicedorman31@gmail.com.

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