Dutch volunteers lend a helping hand at Hact

2017-06-13 06:03
A volunteer group from De Bilt in The Netherlands visit Hact.Photo: Supplied

A volunteer group from De Bilt in The Netherlands visit Hact.Photo: Supplied

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VOLUNTEERS play an integral part at the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact), spreading the word about the work the organisation does, and assisting to save lives daily.

One such volunteer group which visit the organisation last month was from De Bilt in The Netherlands.

Claire Hodgkinson · marketing and fund-raising manager · Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust said: “Working in partnership with Zulu Aid, Hact’s longstanding Dutch funding partner, the volunteers spent several months raising funds to pay for their trip as well as a generous donation towards the centre’s work here in the Valley of 1000 Hills.

“Over the course of their week and a half visit, the volunteers threw themselves into several projects around the Hact centre including their main project which involved a revamp of the centre’s on-site nursery.

Thanks to their hard work and support we now have new signage for our nursery as well as two giraffe ready to greet our visitors and customers - which have already become Hillcrest’s newest landmark along the busy Old Main Road.”

She said the group was inspired by the Hact Woza Moya Upcycled Art Centre.

“The volunteers also got their hands dirty creating two new features in our nursery using old, second-hand tins and shoes.

“ Other projects undertaken by the volunteers included giving our respite unit’s memory wall a clean, helping with patient care in our respite unit and making a mosaic of the Hact logo that will soon be erected at the front of our centre’s administration building.”

Last but not least, the dedicated group got up at 5am on the day of the Gogolympics to help members of the Gogo Support Groups programme team to make 2000 sandwiches for our participating grannies before heading to the games to cheer on the grannies and participate in a few of the games on the day.

Hodgkinson added: “The collective impact of this particular volunteer group’s hard work and generosity will continue to be felt here at Hact for many years to come.

“On behalf of all our beneficiaries, we would like to thank the volunteers for their enthusiasm and support, they will be sorely missed.”

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