Children at centre benefit

2017-06-28 06:02
The Iphahamise Child and Youth Care Centre in Batho, Bloemfontein, has received a cash injection from three donors. Representatives of the donors and the centre are, from the left, Pinkie Lebitso, Aubrey Wil- liams, Mokone Nthongoa, Jacques Koekemoer, Maleho Motshumi and Kgosi Mogotsi. Photo: Supplied

The Iphahamise Child and Youth Care Centre in Batho, Bloemfontein, has received a cash injection from three donors. Representatives of the donors and the centre are, from the left, Pinkie Lebitso, Aubrey Wil- liams, Mokone Nthongoa, Jacques Koekemoer, Maleho Motshumi and Kgosi Mogotsi. Photo: Supplied

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The Iphahamise Child and Youth Care Centre in Batho, Bloemfontein, has received a donation of necessary items worth more than R250 000.

This was made possible by three private donors: South African Breweries (SAB) Central Region, Coca-Cola Central and Nissan. The donors made the generous gesture on 14 June.

Items include material for refurbishment, computers, furniture and plumbing.

The donation is for uplifting the living conditions of the children who live at the centre.

The Iphahamise (meaning:
“pick yourself up”) Child and Youth Care Centre caters for more than 60 children, aged between three and 21.

Aubrey Williams, founder and manager of the centre, said the gesture has brought joy to the facility and eased the burden.

“I am so grateful for all you are doing,” said Williams.

Kgosi Mogotsi, SAB corporate affairs manager, motivated the choice of this centre as the beneficiary.

“We just want to make sure that the children here have a better chance in life, that they get to experience what other kids experience, and also that they have a great future,” said Mogotsi.

Billy Tom, general manager of Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, elaborated on this.

“A message for the youth is that we are all individuals, irrespective of our backgrounds. If you apply yourself and are disciplined in terms of getting to your goals, nothing can stop you.”

Mokone Nthongoa, head of the provincial Department of Social Development, said the gesture would go a long way in helping children at the centre, which is also subsidised by the department.

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