‘Domino effect’ with aQuelle race

2014-03-26 00:00

DURBAN’S Domino Foundation will be the sole beneficiary of the aQuelle Tour Durban cycle race that will take place on April 28.

The foundation is a non-profit organization developed to build a structure to provide in the basic needs of more than 4 000 orphans.

“We believe in the power of one,” explains Domino chairperon Mickey Wilkins. “If we can change one life, then we can change a community and then try and change a nation. We call it the Domino effect.”

Domino serves the Amaoti community through five different projects that include a home dedicated to provide shelter and care for orphaned babies.

The babies receive food and other necessities with the aim of placing them in a caring and loving home at a later stage.

“Since Domino started, more than 100 babies have been adopted by loving families in a safe environment, even as far as Denmark,” Wilkins said.

Last year alone, Domino’s feeding program provided around 800 000 meals through their respective kitchens, Wilkins said.

“We have a soup kitchen in the Amaoti community that provides two meals a day every day for 30 crèches, and another kitchen in Durban North that makes 16 000 sandwiches a month,” Wilkins said.

In 2013 Domino taught 950 primary school pupils literacy skills at Amaoti schools through their Literacy Program and 750 teenagers attended the foundation’s Life Skills program.

“The growth we’ve seen in the past 10 years has been amazing. It’s so fulfilling to hear how good the kids are doing after they have been placed in the care of families that love and support them.”

Wilkins recounts one of the foundation’s success stories where two matriculants who received Life Skills training from grade 4-7 were placed at a potential employer to complete a course that would assist them in their future career.

“These guys were taught in the Life Skills program that they can achieve their full potential regardless of their present circumstances,” Wilkins said.

More than 80 000 people and children live in the Amaoti township, north of Durban, which makes this community the largest informal settlement in KZN.

Anyone can lend a hand by helping out at Domino’s water point or even ride the race to show their support for the foundation.

Donations are always welcome in the form of baby food, children clothes, nappies, education material and sporting equipment and you can contact Carine Greveling at carine@domino.org.za for more info.

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