Community Chest marks 50 years of service to PMB’s needy

2010-02-08 00:00

ON August 3, 1960, the Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest opened its doors with R3 556 in donated funds and 14 beneficiaries.

In the last financial year, despite the challenges produced by the economic downturn, it raised a record R2,1 million for 53 beneficiaries, bringing relief and hope to thousands of people in distress.

In its 50-year lifespan, the Community Chest has collected over R31 million in donor funding and has distributed this to welfare organisations serving communities in and around Pietermaritzburg.

In the course of 2010, the Community Chest will be looking back over the past 50 years and looking forward to the next 50.

A range of special activities is planned, culminating in a civic reception in August and a commemorative insert in the local press.

“We couldn’t have done it without our generous donors,” said Community Chest executive director Aroo Naidoo of the Community Chest’s achievements.

In recognition of the 50th anniversary, Naidoo said the chest is hoping to increase its impact this year and make an additional allocation to each of its 53 beneficiaries in the 2010/11 financial year.

Naidoo said the chest has already made an appeal to this effect to donors.

 

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