Orphans of Field’s Hill crash to be sponsored

2013-12-06 00:00

FROM the devastation of the Field’s Hill truck accident in September, has come a story of hope and happiness for the children affected or left orphaned.

The Kloof Street Patrol Community Policing Forum team has chosen these children to benefit from their Christmas charity initiative.

The accident has left 27 children — between the ages of nine months and 19 years — without parents, and some who are fortunate enough have a grandmother take care of them.

Sam Shallcross from the Kloof CPF, together with her colleagues, were involved in many anti-trucking campaigns after the Field’s Hill accident.

“We have decided to host a party for the children who have lost their parents in the accident, hoping to give them a great Christmas. It just made sense for us to follow up from being actively involved in the campaigns,” said Shallcross.

Now companies and individuals have pitched in to sponsor school fees, clothing and toys.

Shallcross said the Kloof Street Patrol CPF team have been overwhelmed with the support given by various residents and major corporate companies.

Among the the biggest sponsors for the party are the employees of Nedbank Personal Loans.

According to Chantelle Blunt, they have sponsored a jumping castle for the party and have also done a collection with the staff to collect R100 per child, which will be given to their guardians towards some groceries. “We have also taken it upon ourselves to pay for all the children’s school fees,” said Blunt.

Other sponsors include Royal Union Financial Services, who made a financial donation, Jockey South Africa, which has donated underwear, socks and pyjamas for all the children, and Lacey’s Toys donated a huge amount of toys, and all the cups and plates for the party, among many others.

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