PMB youth centre fixed up

2008-06-11 00:00

The Children to Children Foundation is preparing for the launch of the newly-renovated Edendale Crisis Centre on Youth day next Monday.

Both the foundation and the renovation campaign are the brainchild of Slindile Nxumalo, who was orphaned at a young age herself.

“My aim was to improve the lives of the children living in the crisis centre, which is a home to 29 girls and three boys.”

Nxumalo enlisted the help of children from in and around Pietermaritzburg, along with third-year FET students, who will help with painting, carpentry and all electrical needs.

The campaign started on May 26, when Nxumalo and her team began raising funds for the renovations.

To date, House of Paint has donated paint, while Sanlam donated 200 teddies to assist in the fund-raising campaign.

“So far, we have managed to sell R500 worth of teddies. I would like to commend Pietermaritzburg businesses that have been so supportive. They are actually competing now, as soon as they hear one business has bought more than them, they up their order, so we are expecting a big order as we speak.”

Not even the disappointment of returning a vehicle loaned by Chrysler Garden City Motors for the fund-raising period, can dampen the mood for Nxumalo and her team.

“We just could not come up with the insurance money required, especially considering we were going to have the car for only one month. Other than that, I’m happy with the way things are working out. We are ready to roll up our sleeves and start painting soon. I’m confident all will be ready by Monday.”

However, they still require transport to take cooking utensils and other donations to the site.

“We would like to appeal to business or anyone who can lend us a van for two weeks so we can carry on with the work.”

You can still make your contributions by purchasing a teddy for R30. For inquiries and to make contributions call 033 355 4145.

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