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The founder of Proud Partners, Isabel Verwey, became involved in the Cape Town Consular Corps when her husband, Dr. Prieur du Plessis, was appointed Honorary Consul of Slovenia in South Africa. The Consular Corps consists of 52 countries represented in Cape Town by career diplomats (Consuls General) and Honorary Consuls.

Always aware of the overwhelming need for financial help in our country Isabel decided to involve the Consular Corps in an annual fund raising project. In 2012 she organised the very first Consular Ball in aid of  three local charities, including Proud Partners. The other two charities that benefit from this event are:
- Durbanville Children’s Home: This safe haven has nurtured vulnerable children for 133 years and their focus is the care, development and rehabilitation of the more than 140 children between ages 2 and 8 that are placed with them.
- Cape Times Bursary Fund: Give it to education – that’s the slogan of this fund which has been helping young people since 1982 to secure their futures by giving them access to higher education.

Since its inception the Consular Ball has become one of the highlights on Cape Town’s social calendar with international representatives and local South Africans joining forces to help where it is most needed – our young people. The various consular missions book a table and invite as their guests businessmen from their countries who have interests in South Africa. The Ball is also attended by various role players in the city, local government and prominent business leaders in the Western Cape. 

The first Consular Ball managed to raise R205 000 for local charities and the profit has since shown a yearly increase of around 40%.  In 2015 the Ball went from strength to strength, raising an impressive R800 000 for the charities. In 2016 they raised a solid R700 000, and in 2017 a record breaking R950 000, bringing the total amount raised by the Cape Town Consular Corps for local charities to R3.45 million.

A previous Dean of the Consular Corps was proved correct when he said: “The Consular Ball will go way beyond just being another glamorous event. It will, by all accounts, become a yearly milestone in promoting and sustaining social justice and community development. Social engagement is high on our agenda and the power of over 50 states represented in the Mother City should be able to make a significant contribution.”

A huge part of this prestigious event’s success is thanks to the unconventional auction of unique items that cannot be bought in shops and the involvement of well-known personalities. The auction items ranged from the chance to have tea with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to an evening at the residence of the Spanish Consul General, Agustin Santos, who personally cooked his famous paella for 30 of the highest bidder’s friends.

The bussiness community can also take part in this prestigious event by booking a table or donating an auction item. For further information contact Johanna Strauss at  jstrauss[email protected]

2018’s Consular Ball promises to be even more successful. Watch this space……!