Syndrome tackled head-on

2015-09-16 06:00
FROM the left are Joe Manyelo of De Aar Solar Power, Thato Namamela of De Aar Solar Power, Anneline Jonas, community worker at the Foundation for Alcohol-Related Research (FARR), Lena Rooi, community worker at FARR, Lian-Marie Drotsky, area coordinat

FROM the left are Joe Manyelo of De Aar Solar Power, Thato Namamela of De Aar Solar Power, Anneline Jonas, community worker at the Foundation for Alcohol-Related Research (FARR), Lena Rooi, community worker at FARR, Lian-Marie Drotsky, area coordinat

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DE AAR SOLAR POWER has pledged its support for the Foundation for Alcohol-Related Research (FARR), and more specifically the Joan Wertheim Centre in De Aar, by funding a refurbishment programme to the value of about R110 000.

“Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is the most common preventable form of mental disability in the world and is estimated to affect three million children in our country, with a significant percentage from the communities in and around De Aar. This is why we have chosen to provide funding and our support,” says Cornell Mouton, plant manager of De Aar Solar Power.

FARR is a leading non-governmental organisation (NGO) source of research and information on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the most severe form of this, FAS, in South Africa.

It is dedicated to significantly reduce birth defects and mental disabilities caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

FARR has become a hub for experts, community workers and everyday South Africans who are determined to improve the lives of those affected by FAS, their families and caregivers. They are involved in training, education, research, prevention, support and management projects.

“We believe that FARR, and especially its community centre, has an important role to play in the De Aar community.”

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