Over 100 NGOs benefit from annual donations

2016-05-26 06:00
 Photo: graham barclay Sibaya Community Trust beneficiaries, (from left), Nkosazana Dlamini-Haas from Sizanani Outreach Programme, Leone Jooste from the Just Footprints Foundation and Kirsten Miller and Liza Aziz from Action in Autism.

Photo: graham barclay Sibaya Community Trust beneficiaries, (from left), Nkosazana Dlamini-Haas from Sizanani Outreach Programme, Leone Jooste from the Just Footprints Foundation and Kirsten Miller and Liza Aziz from Action in Autism.

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SIBAYA Casino opened its doors to over 100 dedicated community workers from over 50 non-profit organisations on Friday, 20 May in celebration of the millions of rand raised by the Sibaya Community Trust for the modest local community projects.

The Trust invested a whopping total of R16m in various projects across KwaZulu-Natal last year, with funds primarily being spent in the health, welfare, education and capacity building sectors.

Director of the Trust, Vivian Reddy said last year’s donations are something to be really proud of due to the large number of people who will subsequently benefit.

“I would like to thank and congratulate everyone in the room who has so tirelessly worked to uplift the lives of others. You are all the real heroes; we just support your amazing work,” said Reddy.

As part of the announcement of last year’s total investment, Sibaya Community trustees visited four key projects in the Greater Durban area to see how each organisation is benefitting from the funds they are receiving.

One of the projects which has seen a huge turn-around since it began receiving support from the Trust is Siyabusiswa Children’s Shelter in Botha’s Hill, which provides food, shelter and clothes to abandoned orphans from the surrounding area.

Siyabusiswa is home to orphans ranging from 5 to 17-years-old and began simply as a group of women caring for children out of their own pockets and in their own homes. It has seen considerable growth and improvement in its infrastructure following Sibaya’s donation to the shelter.

Chairman of the trust, Tristan Kaatze said helping to better the lives of others is the mandate of the Sibaya Community Trust, as its goal is to provide ongoing support to the people who truly need it.

“In the words of Mahatma Gandhi; the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. It is indeed humbling for us to help those in need and to be able to improve their standard of living. It is, in fact, our mandate at the Trust,” said Kaatze.

Mayor of eThekwini, James Nxumalo said it was an honour to visit the four key projects with Sibaya Community trustees. “For the Trust to raise and invest R16m in just one year is a mega achievement. I was particularly touched by the plight of the Aids orphans in Botha’s Hill, where staff at Siyabusiswa are working tirelessly to provide love and care to these children,” said Nxumalo.

“The Sibaya Community Trust is a shining example to all in the eThekwini Municipality and the province of KwaZulu-Natal,” he added.

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