Centre for the disabled receives donations

2015-06-24 06:00
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Caregivers and children cared for by the Inqolobane Centre for the Disabled which received a generous donation from businesses and the office of the Mayor, last week.

PHOTO: makhosandile zulu Caregivers and children cared for by the Inqolobane Centre for the Disabled which received a generous donation from businesses and the office of the Mayor, last week.

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THE Inqolobane Centre for the Disabled in New Guelderland received kitchen appliances and groceries sponsored by Hesto Harnesses, Unitrade, Food for Life and the office of the mayor last week.

KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu commended the Dube Family Trust for availing and fencing the property housing the centre. Mthembu said: “As council we are greatly indebted to Chief Dube for availing this property to Inqolobane Centre for the Disabled so that they can establish a home for our children.”

Mthembu added that when his office visited the centre sometime last year they learned that it was not doing so well that is why his office decided to contact businesses who could assist.

He said: “I also wish to express my gratitude to those who had a vision to set up this home. Words cannot adequately express my heartfelt gratitude to Food for Life, Hesto Harnesses and Unitrade for their sponsorship.”

Two stoves, a fridge, freezer as well as blankets and food were donated to the centre.

Chairperson of the board Kenneth Mthunzi thanked all those who made a contribution towards the centre.

He said the important thing about such contributions is that it makes disabled children feel like part of the community and it reassures them that their rights are respected.

Mthunzi added that a lot more still needs to be done to ensure that the children are comfortable.

He said: “We still have issues with electricity and water, but I am certain it is things that will be fixed soon.”

According to Mthunzi, the boards plans to build a drug rehabilitation centre once the home for the disabled is up and running smoothly.

Ward 3 councillor Gabangani Van Whye thanked the community and the ward’s war room for addressing challenges faced by the community and making a contribution towards the centre.

He also thanked the Department of Social Development for the role it has played in ensuring that the centre finds its feet.

He said: “Inqolobane Centre for the Disabled is a great help to parents who have disabled children. Our country is destined to be a better place because of individuals like those who established this home.”

Currently the centre looks after 16 children with disabilities and relies on sponsorships to meet its obligations, said board member Zama Ndlovu.

She said the home is open for 24 hours and the children are being looked after by 18 caregivers who work shifts.

She said: “Most of the caregivers are young, committed and passionate people who receive only stipend for the amazing job that they do.”

Ndlovu said the children looked after by the centre come from as far as Manguzi, Nquthu and Empangeni.

She said the centre relies heavily on donations and urged those willing to assist to contact her on the number: 073 484 0441 or chairperson of the board Kenneth Mthunzi on the number: 071 882 4555

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