Vista Nova auc­tion goes on­line

School try­ing to ex­pand its sup­port base so that spe­cialised needs of learn­ers are met

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A BID OR BUY auc­tion beginning on Mon­day will see the most im­por­tant an­nual fundrais­ing drive for Vista Nova School in Ron­de­bosch, go­ing on­line for the first time.

The Vista Nova Auc­tion, or­gan­ised by the Friends of Vista Nova, has had many guises over the past 20 years. It has evolved and grew from hum­ble be­gin­nings, with a hand­ful of auc­tion items, into the jewel in the crown of the school’s fundrais­ing drive.

Friends of Vista Nova is a reg­is­tered NPO based at the school. Its sole pur­pose is to raise funds on an on­go­ing ba­sis for the daily run­ning of this spe­cialised school, so that the needs of all learn­ers can be met. Vista Nova School is unique as it caters for learn­ers with spe­cial needs from across the Penin­sula. Un­like tra­di­tional com­mu­nity schools, Vista Nova as­sists lear ners from a va­ri­ety of cul­tural and so­cio-eco­nomic back­grounds.

The di­ver­sity of the learn­ers’ backg rounds is tran­scended only by the com­mon­al­ity of their de­sire to over­come their in­di­vid­ual dis­abil­i­ties and bar­ri­ers to learn­ing.

The school is com­mit­ted to giv­ing those pupils a high stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion, as well as ex­cel­lent sup­port­ive ther­a­pies. In or­der to ful­fil this com­mit­ment, ad­di­tional fund­ing is es­sen­tial as Vista Nova does not turn away chil­dren who are eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged.

Af­ter many years of suc­cess­fully host­ing the auc­tion at the school’s premises, this year will see the event spread its on­line wings for the first time with the sup­port of the Bid or Buy auc­tion web­site.

Friends of Vista Nova chair­woman Jackie de la Porte says that the time is right for the auc­tion to con­tinue its evo­lu­tion into the 21st cen­tury.

“By host­ing the event at the school, we built up some won­der­ful sup­port from a group of ex­tremely gen­er­ous in­di­vid­u­als. For the auc­tion to grow and stay rel­e­vant, we needed to take it to the next level. We felt that tak­ing it on­line was the log­i­cal next step to­wards ex­pand­ing our sup­port base and en­sur­ing that ad­di­tional fund­ing is gen­er­ated for the school.”

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