do_action WordPress

do_action is a charity hackathon that uses WordPress to uplift local communities. do_action hackathons are community-organised events that are focussed on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Each do_action event includes participants from the local WordPress community coming together to plan and build brand new websites for a number of local organisations in one day.

do_action is the annual event where our local WordPress community comes together to give back to the broader community of Cape Town by building websites for multiple non-profit organisations. All of the sites are built for free by our community on WordPress, and hosted for free by Hetzner.

Why they choose us?

There were 40 other NGOs that applied. We were selected because we had a bad website and because the type of work we do is different. A variety of organisations were selected and each help their communities in unique ways.

Impact of sponsorship? 

We are excited to have a website we can be proud off.

Having our own online presence also means that we can share our work. It gives us the opportunity to broaden awareness to like minded partners and sponsors.

My team for the day:

Shoprite Act For Change

At Shoprite, the communities they serve are always at the core of their business, that’s why they have made it their responsibility to Act For Change by continuously taking hands with organisations to help communities grow, develop and realise their full potential.

Why they choose us?

We were nominated by a community member. They recognised the work we as helping our community grow.

How we are using sponsorship?

With their sponsorship, we are able to provide our participants with refreshments like a warm cup of coffee or tea, etc and a small snack before training starts.

We are also able to buy our stationary and cleaning materials thus creating a clean and healthy environment.

Dischem Foundation- Random Act of Kindness

The Dis-Chem Foundation has been in partnership with Primedia for 7 years with an on-air “Random Act of Kindness” monthly on 947, 702, Cape Talk, KFM, and East Coast Radio. Together they will distribute donations to worthy causes.

Why they choose us?

The Dis-Chem Foundation is providing care and support to improve the lives of individuals while relieving the burden on communities, families and friends.

They recognised our work community upliftment project in Cape Town and gave us R80 000 as part of DisChem’s ‘Random Act of Kindness’ initiative, over a period of time, to continue our work.

How we are using sponsorship?

With the sponsorship, we were able to employ one of our previous applicants as our administrator.  We also used the sponsorship to purchase equipment and pattern design stationery.

Listen to them informing us that we won here.


Meet the Founder

Suraya Williams, is an entrepreneur, community builder and feminist- who is inspired by the potential of young women.

It all began with the dream of a mother and the vision of a daughter. 

My mother was a designer and one of the best dressmakers in our area.  I, however, growing up and no interest in dressmaking. When I left school I got a corporate job and I was happy.  However, in 2006 my mother died. In the aftermath of dealing with my mother’s death, and inheriting her sewing machines,  as I sought out a way to be close to her. 

Designing my first dress like an out-of-body experience I didn’t know if it was me or my mother through me.  The dress came out quite beautiful and I was surprised as I do not have any qualifications in dressmaking and design. I loved my corporate job, I liked the bosses I worked with,  however, ever since making that first dress I felt unfulfilled at work. 

I told my husband how I felt and with his support and encouragement, I left work and began my own clothing line Design 26.  I made some clothes and I sold the clothes I made. Every year I would donate address to an underprivileged matriculant. During my time Stellenbosch Business Schools’ business management course I learnt that ‘before you are charitable you need to be profitable’.  In 2010 stopped donating dresses. 

I continued to sell clothing and matric dresses. During the consultation, altering and garment making process I grew to care for the girls whose dresses I designed.  I would make calls early in January checking on the girls. I would ask them about their night and how they were doing. Often I would hear that they were at home and unemployed or had were pregnant. 

I shared with my husband that I wanted to do something. That I wanted to make an impact in their lives – not just by providing them with the dress for one night but being able to impact their entire lives. 

This is how the Design26 Foundation was born.