What we do
We support other organisations by volunteering with them and encourage others to join us and do the same.
We target a specific need and initiate collection drives to gather items and distribute them accordingly.
We form partnerships with others to assist them in fulfilling a need they have identified within their organisation.
We create awareness of the incredible work that individuals and organisations are doing within our community.
Emanating from the simple gesture of arranging birthday parties for children living in a Children's Home, we soon found ourselves hosting different kinds of events on a monthly basis. These events allowed us to nurture relationships through activities such as arts and crafts, watching movies, reading, playing games and soccer. We registered in 2014, and since have shifted our focus to promoting and encouraging a keen volunteer culture within Cape Town. In doing so, we support, build relationships and partner with existing organisations. There are so many 'ordinary' people positively impacting the lives of others, organisations responsible for incredible impact within our community, and just as many opportunities to volunteer. .
We are keen
Leana Van Rooyen
From our Blog
As summer draws to a close and the weather starts to get cooler, now would be a good time to grab some friends together and help keep our beaches clean. We don’t use them only in summer but all year round and it is no fun going to a dirty beach. Every 1st Saturday of[…]
Cape town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world especially for it’s awesome scenery. We need protect this for future generations, today we helped clean up the trail up Lions Head organised by an awesome organisation called Love our Trails. Many people gathered early this morning excited to be part of the[…]
A rainy Sunday afternoon turned out to be rather warm… I heard my friends were going to volunteer at a Children’s Home, when I enquired further the question was asked, “Are You Keen on joining?”. Always keen on lending a helping hand where needed as I personally feel time is more precious than money, I[…]
The weeks of planning, organising, gathering funds, selling tickets and late nights all culminated in our very own first Keen Country Fair. My favourite thing about the fair must have been the various sources of live entertainment, the candy stall, the games and the kids’ excitement, wait… I think that means I pretty much loved[…]
From the 30th September to the 2nd of October The Keen Movement together with some grade 9 Groote Schuur High School students went green. As we become more aware of the value of our environment we realise the importance of looking after it and making sure it is sustainable for the future. Since one of[…]
Jade Dowrie is our Chairperson aka Miss President and our boss lady. When she is not sitting on chairs, as implied in her title, she is pretty much involved in every aspect behind the scenes and the every-day running of The Keen Movement. So let’s meet this wonderful and weird person 🙂 Before we get[…]
Nelson Mandela once said “A nation should not be judged on how it treats its highest citizens, but rather how it treats its lowest citizens.” I think that rings with so much truth because those in the lowest positions are those that are not able to give us anything material in return. Despite this, once[…]
The Keen Movement wanted to partake in a child- driven project and therefore decided to run a Toy Drive. This drive lasted for the duration of two months, from the beginning of April until the end of May, with the objective of using a toy to bring joy to a kid’s life. Setting a steep[…]
Think back to your childhood birthday parties. Think back to the cake, the party games, the decorations and the way it made you feel. You felt special didn’t you? Well these things and memories that we so often take for granted are not things that we are entitled to. Not every child can look back[…]
So it rained on Saturday the 10th of May, but this did not stop our Soccer day from happening because what’s a little rain anyway? Having our morning and spirits slightly dampened by the rain, we began the event as planned, but we soon found that the boys’ enthusiasm was more than enough to warm[…]
Picasso once said “The important thing is to create”. We may not all consider ourselves artistic, or creative, but that is not the point, the important thing is to create. Two Saturdays ago, on the 22 March 2014, we took on the challenge and opportunity to teach the importance of creation, through hosting our first[…]
The Newly named Keen Movement held a Christmas party at St Francis Boys Home on Saturday. It was a fun filled two part day. The first part of the day was in the form of Christmas themed group games. These included Pin the Nose on Rudolph, Santa Bag Race and Santa Outfit Relay Race .[…]
Our second visit was on the 21 August, the amount of people that joined increased to 18 people. We stayed at the home from 8:30am till 12:00am. Some people assisting in tidying the beds, majority were in the kitchen cleaning and cutting vegetables. One of the staff members spontaneously suggested that some of the Keen[…]
The Keen Movement was doing extremely well and was willing to broaden their focus on other possible causes in need. A group member, Regan Smith, suggested assisting at Douglas Murray Home for the Aged in Retreat, Cape Town. She mentioned that money was not a need but rather spending time with the elderly would be[…]
Our second event was 100in1day, “100in1Day is a citizen-driven festival of doing, that invites and inspires the inhabitants of Cape Town to gather and together create and realize the dreams they have for their city – culminating in at least 100 urban initiatives, improving the quality of life in Cape Town” I was part of[…]
Our first officially started in May. Everything started to come together, with organised meetings and assigning roles. The group overall felt excited to finally implement something that was previously a thought. We aimed to meet once a month to plan the following Saturday, when an event is hosted at St Francis Boys Home. The boys[…]
Before we changed our name to The Keen Movement, we were known as Caterpillar Care Club (CCC) and this is how we started: CCC was founded by Jade Dowrie, an animation designer. Jade accidently came across St Francis Boys Home in Athlone during 2010, to drop off old clothes. Her and her family randomly went[…]