Looking after those who can’t look after themselves

2015-10-06 06:00
Ayoh in her standing frame with care-worker, Rebecca assisting her. Ayoh uses a standing frame to assist with weight baring in her legs.

Ayoh in her standing frame with care-worker, Rebecca assisting her. Ayoh uses a standing frame to assist with weight baring in her legs.

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THE KZN Cerebral Palsy Association has been caring for children with cerebral palsy for 46 years.

Association director, Ina Borstlap, said the association is a registered welfare organisation that enhances the welfare and functional independence of cerebral palsy sufferers.

“The association strives to raise funds, all of which are used to finance a number of projects. For 46 years our association has never been government-subsidised, and today we are proud of this. Many organisations have had to close their doors due to subsidy cut-backs.

“We have always stood on our own two feet and continue to do so with the support of people. Cerebral palsy is a condition often caused by brain damage at birth, and limits the degree of control the child or adult can command over various muscular functions of the body.

“All our projects are multiracial and BEE compliant. We currently sponsor six major projects - Crest and CWAC - our two day-care centres for severely cerebral palsied children. These children are dependent on us for all their needs. These are some of the children who will benefit from public support. Contributions will be used to enhance the lives of our special people.”

The “special-needs members” go to head office in Pinetown coming from uMlazi­, Nagina, KwaNdengezi, Umbilo, Chatsworth and surrounding areas.

“Severely disabled children are restricted to attend specialised schools that are not close to their home. Our children cannot feed themselves, some cannot talk, or walk or are wheelchair-bound however, at our association we provide individual care, stimulation and a range of activities.

“As far as fees are concerned, our fund-raising staff seeks sponsorship on an ongoing basis, as nobody is ever turned away, based on financial reasons, race or religion.

We had two Avanzas that collected the children from their homes and brought them to our day-care centres.

“However, one of them had an accident and since then it has been rather chaotic. We have volunteers and staff who have been using their own vehicles to transport the children.

“Unfortunately, the remaining Avanza now also needs to be replaced as the mileage is over 330 000km and repairs are becoming very expensive.

“The children are fetched every morning and returned home late in the afternoon with the association’s vehicle. Most of our children and staff are from previously disadvantaged communities, and providing transport for our children affords parents the opportunity to enter the workplace.

“Affordable public transport, with wheelchair access, is not available for our differently abled children.

“The replacement of this vehicle is our top priority however, we have other monthly needs and would appreciate assistance with, among other items, Rooibos tea, sugar­, juice (tartazine-free), porridge (Pronutro, oats, Morvite), biscuits, two-minute noodles, milk, toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitiser and bum cream. Every cent of your donation is utilised for the sole benefit and care of the cerebral palsied.”

For further information or to donate, contact 031 700 3956 or email info@ kzncerebralpalsy.co.za or www.kzncere bralpalsy.org.za

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