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2016-06-22 06:00
Photo: tania sandberg Members from non-profit organisations and businesses at the Better Together network monthly meeting.

Photo: tania sandberg Members from non-profit organisations and businesses at the Better Together network monthly meeting.

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WORKING together for the benefit of the community, representatives from several non-profit organisations networked at the Better Together network event, initiated by Africa Cares on Wednesday 15 June. The meeting was hosted by Amanzimtoti SAPS in their boardroom. Representatives shared dreams and challenges to streamline upliftment efforts in the community.

Pastor Alan Symons told the meeting he identified a need for anger and stress management in the community and has been working in the community for the past five years as a consultant.
“Stress levels in our community are on the increase with children as young as 12 attempting suicide,” he said.

“Rotary is an international membership organisation, and membership is based on integrity and community leadership. Our club is involved in many ongoing projects and have received many global grants which benefited schools and other service organisations. Woodwork equipment for Esizibeni School, a computer laboratory for Adams College and a food project for Mother of Peace, to name a few.
“If you share our passion and commitment to make a difference in the lives of others, we invite you to join us,” said Aneska Du Pont, Amanzimtoti Rotary past president and treasurer’

Operations manager, Leon Joone called for support for the organisation.
“It is a non-profit organisation run and owned by the community we serve,” he said.

Amanzimtoti Cares is passionate about helping people in need. Gideon Pieterse said the current economic situation and the fallacy that many people believe in the city there are jobs in our little town, is becoming more challenging.
He thanked the public for the support of the organisation by responding to the needs posted on their Facebook page. “Toti truly has open hearts,” he said.

Showing the power of the networking opportunity, Neil Kistnasamy of One Stop Retirement Village is assisting Amanzimtoti Cares to provide low cost living to families. Kistnasamy said the organisation also provides assistant living at reasonable rates for the aged.
The organisation is organising a “bed race” fund-raiser on 1 July at the old airport. Businesses are called to enter by donating two to three beds for the race.

“Amanzimtoti Trauma Unit is changing its name to Turning Point Amanzimtoti and provides counselling to victims of abuse and offers support to victims who had experienced trauma, among other services,” said Toti Trauma Unit manager, Loraine Odendaal.
The organisation needs volunteers to be trained in trauma debriefing. The organisation will be holding its AGM on 14 July at 10am and invite the public to attend.

Neil McDonald, Khanya Hospice CEO, said the organisation provides home-based care to about 350 patients weekly, many of whom are terminally ill. The organisation wants to set up a Hospice in-patient care facility for those who need 24/7 palliative nursing care. The organisation also needs volunteers to help with spiritual counselling to terminally ill patients and offer support to their families, and volunteers to help in their Hospice shops.

Gary Kelly, a local businessman initialises and drives community projects and offered his services to start-up NGOs.

“The Durban South Opportunity Centre assists the unemployed by creating employment opportunities with the assistance of local businesses,” said DSOC spokesperson, Lee Lewis stated.

Business owner, Sipho Myendi has recently opened a computer company and offered his PC and technical support to the non-profit organisations at reasonable rates.

Ken and Joy Rowat were leaders of Telefriend, a Christian helpline. They then went for training in the United Kingdom to start an Ellel Ministry Centre in Amanzimtoti.
“This is not a church, it is a resource to equip people for ministry to others,” said Ken.

Jane Wright from Choices for Life’s introduced the new centre manager, Kelly-Ann Goodwin.
“Our organisation offers counselling to pregnant ladies and sexual health counselling to teenagers through a school programme called Undiluted,” said Goodwin.

Amanzimtoti SAPS initialises projects in the community and offered their support to the organisations.

All non-profit organisations are welcome to join the network. For information on the next meeting contact Shanno Enoch operations director for Africa Cares for Life on 031 903 2340 or email shanno@africacaresforlife.

Trauma Unit is changing its name to Turning Point Amanzimtoti and provides counselling to victims of abuse and offers support to victims who had experienced trauma, among other services

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