Wimpy’s R22 500 take-away for two youth charities

2011-11-04 00:00

The presentations were made at Wimpy Shelly Centre on Tuesday night.

Wimpy KZN, which was represented by Naresh Dhawraj and Brett Williams, hosts an annual golf day to raise funds for charities.

The owner of Wimpy Shelly Centre, Jaco Klopper, thanked the pair for regularly supporting the causes on the South Coast.

“We really want to thank Naresh and Brett for always going the extra mile to get other branches to sponsor our worthy causes down here,” he said.

Youth Worx, which comes under the umbrella of public benefit organisation Genesis, works with teenagers and young adults. Co-ordinator Carol Francesconi said it provides a safe place for the youth to socialise within an environment free from drugs, alcohol and criminal activities.

“Our slogan at Youth Worx is purpose, passion and purity. We work with the youth to help mould them into positive role models with good life skills and the good news of Christ.”

The youth group shares a long-standing relationship with the Shelly Centre branch, one of its major sponsors.

Themba Club was started 18 years ago as a shelter for street children. Lynton Brauteseth, a board member, said people need to change their perceptions about street children.

“When we take these children back into their communities to see why they have run away from home, often it is to escape abuse and poverty.”

He said that if a streetkid is rescued within four days of being on the streets, he or she has a 95% chance of being successully rehabilitated.

“We take them into our programme for personal development. Those who do not want to go back home are taken into our shelters and cared for.”

Margate Wimpy owner David Smythe said that when he first opened his shop in 1989, two young boys broke in.

“We had just closed up and heard a sound and found two boys had broken in. I asked them, ‘What do you want?’ They just said that they were hungry and they wanted food.”

That’s when Smythe began working with Themba.

“During the holidays many of the boys come down to my Wimpy and work. So the programme is there to teach them skills and responsibility and also for them to still feel they are part of the community.”

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