COPPERSTONE Event Production & Creative Agency launched its first annual SA Bachelor & Bachelorette of the Year in 2011. The competition was started to find South Africa’s most eligible bachelor or bachelorette, someone who encompasses brains, beauty, entrepreneurship and the spirit of Ubuntu – a competition where individuals who want to bring about change can make a difference and create awareness through charity or community work.

During the past 7 years the SA Bachelor & Bachelorette competition has raised awareness, products and services and funds in excess of R750 000 for various charities. NGO’s supported thus far include: Jacaranda and Louis Botha Children’s Homes, Berg-en-Dal, Foodbank SA, Amadea Safe house, Cansa and their TLC Homes and CHOC.

We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished with the competition since 2011. Thousands of entries, hundreds of finalists, more than 20 judges, more than 150 charity events, hundreds of media publications, television coverage, live-streaming at our Gala events and 12 winners later, it was time for a change. Business today is characterised by relentless change. To stay competitive, companies must continually grow and evolve in order to stay relevant, innovative, and fresh. We define growth as an increase in the scope of activities and/or renewal of capabilities. The biggest reason for the competition evolving is to remain a competition unique in South Africa.

During the past few years we wanted to change a few things to make the competition open to everyone who wanted to bring about change and do their bit for charity.  There is a lot of need in this country, but early on we decided to focus on certain needs. Our focus has always been and will remain on assisting with the following: upliftment in disadvantaged communities, creating awareness and raising funds for charities supporting childhood cancer patients and their families, honouring breast cancer survivors and in return using their testimonies as inspiration for other people fighting cancer. We also started a literacy campaign where we collect and distribute books to NGO’s and areas where needed. 2017 also saw the birth of our very own No-Bullying project, where we seek to challenge the view that bullying will always exist. It is our belief that all problems can be addressed or solved by the power of kindness- children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by experiencing it so that they may reproduce it.

To develop the competition into one where everyone who wants to bring about change are eligible to enter, a name-change was needed. We also had 2 main limitations with the SA Bachelor & Bachelorette name- the misconception that the finalists entered to find a partner, and the misinterpretation that we are a pageant and that looks are essential for entering. For us it has always been important that finalists are presentable, well-spoken, take care of themselves, hard-working and reflect the spirit of Ubuntu- people who believe in giving back and who want to change the world one child at a time. We believe in bringing about change, one person at a time. If you wait until you can do everything for everybody instead of doing something for somebody, you’ll end up doing nothing for nobody.

The finalists and winners are compassionate, humane, unselfish, altruistic, generous, kind, sympathetic, charitable, philanthropic, public-spirited, socially concerned and concerned with or seeking to promote human welfare. The competition’s new name encompasses all these qualities; the HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR competition.

This year’s SA Bachelor and Bachelorette finalists will be competing for the first ever Humanitarian of the Year title on Saturday 4 November at COPPERSTONE‘s Gala Event at Indaba Hotel & Spa in Fourways.

Next year the biggest change to the competition will be that EVERYONE aged 18 and up will be eligible for entry. It will be open for anyone who wants to do their bit for charity, regardless of marital status, gender, race or sexual orientation. All ages 18 and up, male or female, single or married, gay or straight, black or white, can compete to become the HUMANITARIAN of the Year.

One winner. One sash. Winner takes all.

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Entries for 2018 will open in March next year. Join our social media pages to stay updated. If you wish to have a reminder sent to you when entries open, send us a mail at info@c-stone.co.za.