Ticket in aid of children could win you a car

2016-11-16 06:02

Members of the public have a few days left to enter the For Our Children Project, a fundraising endeavour for Engo in which a brand-new vehicle can be won.

The closing date for this charity competition is Friday, 25 November.

With time running out, the public is encouraged to support the initiative by purchasing tickets at R20 to be in line to win a Chevrolet Spark Campus.

Five finalists will be announced on 9 January 2017 with the help of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The final draw function will be on 20 January, when one lucky winner will drive away with the brand-new vehicle.

This project is vital for the existence of Engo.

The Free State child- and youth-care centres are non-profit organisations that care for children who are removed from their homes because of a need for care and protection.

“Engo needs R1 933 per month or R66,45 per day per child in order to meet these needs. This includes food, clothes, transport and medical and education expenses, excluding the salaries of personnel.”

This is according to Nicolene du Toit, Engo director of marketing in the Free State.

More than 800 children up to the age of 18 are being cared for in the 34 child- and youth-care centres across the Free State.

“It costs R32 per child per day to feed the children.

“Engo only receives R14 from government.

“Every ticket sold for the For Our Children Project feeds one child for one whole day. This does not include any luxuries,” said Du Toit.

She said in the 2015-’16 financial year, a mere 26% of Engo’s total income was subsidised by government.

“These centres create a homely atmosphere for the children and are located within the community.

“Additional help and support are provided for about 3 000 children in risk situations in the surrounding communities.

“Government provides for approximately 60% of the budget which is needed to care for the children.

“All other funds need to be ­collected through fundraising projects such as the For Our Children Project.

“Engo’s vision is to create hope in the lives of our children and to give each child the chance to find happiness and success.

“The For Our Children Project would not have been possible without the continuous support of our loyal sponsors,” said Du Toit.

This year’s sponsors are Imperial GM Bloemfontein, Radio Rosestad and the Volksblad Central Group.

Six other sub-programmes fall under the Engo umbrella.

These include aged care, family care, disability care, hospital care and adoptions, as well as Negemadi, a training programme.

Every ticket sold for the For Our Children Project feeds one child for one whole day.

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