Hope revived at centre

2018-04-25 06:01
Team members painting playground equipment for the centre.

Team members painting playground equipment for the centre.

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The community of Stock & Stock were impressed when the Readira Community Nutrition and Development Centre became a hype of activity on 12 April.

Walls were painted, colourful murals made, wooden benches and tables assembled, the vegetable garden revived and an additional room built.

The Kimberley and Vryburg branch of Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), together with the provincial Department of Social Development, undertook this project as part of their corporate social investment initiative.

At least 60 CCBSA employees and 30 of the department pitched in.

Winnie Mokoena, co-owner of the centre, was overjoyed and at a loss for words. She said the assistance would enable them to reach their goal of reaching out to more vulnerable community members.

Mokoena said she was grateful for the revival of their vegetable garden. They also received seedlings and protective shade cloths.

Established in 2003, the centre provides nutritious meals to the Galeshewe community, after the challenges posed by substance abuse, unemployment, HIV/AIDS and poverty in the area had been noticed.

The staff of the centre reportedly feeds over 216 beneficiaries daily and looks after TB and HIV/AIDS patients referred by their local clinic. They also provide assistance for pauper funerals and guide community members on how to apply for identity documents.

“When we started, we were cooking on an open fire. We decided to bring our own paraffin stoves as an upgrade,” said Mokoena.

“The Department of Social Development supplied us with kitchen appliances, including gas stoves and pots, through its Fetsa Tlala programme.”

Mokoena said Patrick Lenyibi, the mayor at the time, provided them with a shack, which they worked in until a subcontractor provided the permanent building they are working from.

In addition to the extra building that the CCBSA donated, kitchen appliances such as a fridge, microwave and pots were handed over to make meal preparation at the centre easier.

Thanking the team abundantly, Mokoena wished them success in continuing to assist other organisations.

“I am impressed by the vibrant and energetic young people that I saw hard at work today. They were really focused at accomplishing their goal.”

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