Park donates to crèche

2016-01-27 06:00
MEMBERS of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park with some of the kids of the Medi Care Crèche in Clarens.  Photo: Supplied

MEMBERS of the Golden Gate Highlands National Park with some of the kids of the Medi Care Crèche in Clarens. Photo: Supplied

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CHILDREN and staff members of the Medi Care Crèche in Clarens were all jubilant on Friday (22/01) after a generous donation of equipment and educational toys from the Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP).

Although the items are not brand new, it had been laying in the Park unused for some time and donating it to a worthy institution seemed like the best idea. Soccer balls, dolls, bicycles and writing board slates are some of the items that were donated to the centre.

The centre has 38 children (between the ages of 8 months and 5 years) and 4 educators.

It was launched in 2008 and caters for the children from the surrounding farms and Fouriesburg.

Since its inception the centre has been struggling to get some of the basic equipment to use for the children’s learning and development.

Members of the GCHNP are on a mission to live out the organisation’s vision of “A sustainable National Park system connecting society” and grab any opportunity to give back to the community. In the past GCHNP donated school shoes to the children in the neighbouring schools.

Victor Mokoena, acting park manager of GGHNP, said the donation was one of many projects that SANParks get involved in to assist the communities adjacent to the parks.

“We are proud to see all these happy smiles and we hope we could do more to see every child in our community this happy,” he said.

The managing director of the centre, Meisie Khumalo, was ecstatic about the donation.

“We are very grateful to SANParks for all they have given us. We hope it will have a positive impact on our children.”

In December 2015, as part of the corporate social responsibility project, GCHNP handed over a fully-fledged science laboratory to a school in Clarens.

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