KZN public help Childline keep going

2013-09-05 00:00

THANKS to the fantastic response by the public to their plight, Childline KZN have received a temporary reprieve.

But the situation is still critical, said Vikki Vink, a member of the crisis committee and Childline KZN spokesperson.

“We are very grateful to the members of the public for their support. To date, this charity has received about R300 000 in donations, as well as 6 400 SMSes, each pledging R15.”

This enables Childline KZN to cover operational costs like petrol, rent and salaries in the short term, Vink said. Their monthly operational costs amount to some R600 000.

However, the charity’s goal is to receive R7 million, which will keep Childline KZN going for a year — and they still have a long way to go.

The charity last week indicated they faced closure due to lack of funding.

“This is very scary. We are just weeks away from the possibility of closing down. But the counsellors are still motivated, because they are there for the children. They are warm, giving people, and positive that everything will be fine.”

The Witness revealed last week that the charity sought funding from National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) a bit late, which had put them at the back of the queue.

Vink said they have launched a proposal to involve big businesses to save the charity, which touches the lives of about 500 000 children in their 10 centres across the province.

“The only way Childline KZN will be saved is through big businesses and big corporates donating,” Vink added.

Childline KZN is calling on all corporates, big businesses and major retailers to step forward and help save it.

The National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund spokesperson Sershan Naidoo earlier told The Witness that each application is adjudicated on its merits and there are no guarantees that all the applicants will receive funding. He encouraged charities not to rely on one funder only, but try as many avenues as possible to acquire funding.

• For more information, go to www.childlinekzn.org.za and click on the superhero logo or phone 031 312 0904.

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