Bank in Kby reaches out

2015-08-05 06:00
AS part of the day’s programme, the bank ran an aerobics show, a talent show, a maths and science programme, and an art exhibition for the children, adding a little bit of fun and excitement to the day. 
Photo: Supplied

AS part of the day’s programme, the bank ran an aerobics show, a talent show, a maths and science programme, and an art exhibition for the children, adding a little bit of fun and excitement to the day. Photo: Supplied

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STANDARD BANK employees in Kimberley spent Mandela Day with the children of the Lerato Place of Safety in Galeshewe, where they handed over much-needed items to the home.

Various fun-filled activities and exciting programmes were done with them.

According to a press statement issued by Magna Carta, the home houses 65 vulnerable children, aged 7 to 18 years, who are in need of care and protection due to painful past experiences.

This home was adopted by the bank years ago.

The initiative is an on-going mission to bring joy to the vulnerable children by improving their living spaces and providing for their various needs.

Mercia Bloem, provincial head of Standard Bank in the Northern Cape, explained that the Lerato Place of Safety building was previously used as a juvenile centre.

The main challenge was that it felt cold and lifeless because of its legacy, structure and furnishings.

“So, from the first year, we identified problem areas and needs, and have since systematically implemented a number of projects to address them as quickly as possible,” added Bloem.

On top of previous upgrades and refurbishments done to the home, the guests provided the home with television sets and microwaves in the living areas.

The microwaves will make it quicker and easier to feed the children sufficient warm meals during these cold winter months

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