Back to school after fire break

2016-03-29 06:00
A struggling family received a donation of school uniforms after the family lost everything in a fire. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

A struggling family received a donation of school uniforms after the family lost everything in a fire. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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A family from Bonny Toun in Wynberg is over the moon after they received a donation in a very trying time.

The family had lost everything in a fire. The family’s school-going children spent about two weeks out of school because they had no uniforms.

Their shack had allegedly been set alight by a 43-year-old family member. The man is facing six criminal charges after he allegedly beat up his wife and one charge of arson (“Man attacks family”, People’s Post, 16 February). He is in custody. His last court appearance was last Wednesday.

The family has not recovered from the loss. Though they are still in need of furniture and material to build their home, they are very grateful for a donation of uniforms.

When schools open next term the children will go back in new uniforms and smiles, thanks to a donation by Hollywood Bets in Wynberg.

Tania van Eck, Hollywood Bets regional manager, says when the police approached them about such a painful incident they had to jump in and help.

“We work closely with the police so we took it upon us to help when they brought it [to our attention]. Above all, we are a running business because of the community, so this is our way of paying back. They need us and we also need them if we have to run successful businesses,” she says.

Mona Allie (51), the schoolchildren’s grandmother, says they are grateful for the uniforms.

“It really makes a huge difference in the lives of my grandchildren. They had to sit at home because they didn’t have uniforms. There was nothing I could do as well because I couldn’t afford buying them but it really hurt me so much to see them at home.”

Lieutenant Ntomboxolo Nqunqeka, Wynberg police spokesperson, says they had to put the call out for help as the family was struggling.

“I had to put myself in their shoes. The situation was so bad, I had to run around and get help for them. It really warms my heart as well that they got help. We will be following up on the case and we will continue to support the family.”

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