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2015-06-10 06:01

A WHOPPING R277 000 was raised at the annual Child Welfare SA - KwaDukuza Edison Power Group Winter Fair launch on Friday night.

Business people from far and wide attended the event at Salt Rock beach, going over and above to donate to the welfare’s premier fund raising event.

Title sponsor the Edison Power Group donated a magnanimous R100 000 and pledges on the night by people present and via a telethon during the event amounted to R177 000. The R100 000 cheque was handed over by Kuber Reddy, son of business tycoon and founder of the Edison Power Group Vivian Reddy.

Reddy, who is involved as a benefactor on a number of local charity projects including the welfare, was out of the country at the time of the event.

Other sizeable donations came from Bruce and Paul Rencken - R20 000, K9 Security Services - R10 000, Silverstream Wholesalers - R10 000 and Jackson Motors - R10 000.

Addressing guests, welfare president Sandeep Oudhram thanked all those who put their effort into making the launch and the fair itself a success.

“The fair is the society’s main fund raising event and it is the event that helps us sustain the welfare for the year. Although we have government funding we still have a major shortfall that is our responsibility to cover.

“I want to encourage people to attend the fair and become a part of it as volunteers and patrons. We need your support.”

He also acknowledged the dedication of past president Pravin Sham who lead the welfare successfully for many years.

Oudhram also thanked the KwaDukuza Municipality who allows the use of their facilities especially the Recreation and Country Club grounds free of charge.

“We are very lucky that our municipality comes on board with the fair every year. In eThekwini the societies have to pay for use of the municipal facilities. We are indeed very lucky.”

KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu lauded the welfare for their work and pledged council’s support to the society.

“We are here caring for the leaders of tomorrow, the children of today. If we do not do our share now then we will not have good leaders tomorrow. We support the Child Welfare 100 percent.”

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