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The Ardmore Community Fund

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Launch of the Ardmore Community Fund

 

At Ardmore we provide sustainable employment to 70 skilled artists from our community in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands area of South Africa.

 

We are delighted to share with you the news that we have just launched the Ardmore Community Fund, a registered non-profit company which will use the creative arts to spark, support and fund development in our community.

 

Two of the younger generation of our family (Megan Berning and Jon Berning’s wife, Kate) have joined three independent people as pro bono directors of the Fund and the administration will be done free of charge by Ardmore to keep costs to a minimum.

 

we will also award scholarships for children from Lidgetton to attend the Thembelihle School.

 

Funding

 

To put the Ardmore Community Fund onto a secure financial footing, we at Ardmore will from now on be donating 5% of our annual pre-tax profits to the Fund.  We will also be holding regular fundraising events and sales to lend further support.

 

We are now appealing to the wider Ardmore community - our customers, supporters and friends - to join with us in providing funds for this exciting new venture. Donations from South Africa will be tax deductible and we have put in place a 501 3C facility for American donors.

 

We will shortly be adding information to our website but in the meantime, to learn more about the Ardmore Community Fund, please contact Megan Berning at megan@ardmoreceramics.co.za

 

If you would like to go ahead to make a financial contribution, which could be used for our long term plans, or for the Art Project or even to sponsor a child to attend the Thembelithle School, please click on the links below to the South African and USA bank accounts

 

Bank Account Details

 

Plans

 

Our long term plan is to build our own independent school in Lidgetton, the village closest to us.

 

While we organize and raise funds for this big project, we are proud to announce that from the start of 2022 we will be sponsoring the Art Program at Thembelihle School, a fantastic local independent school, which was established in 2018 and which educates 400 children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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