AFTER hearing about the imminent closure of the Cerebral Palsy Association (CPA), and with it the Stepping Stones School that caters for young children who suffer from the motor neuron disease, former teacher Basanth Bodasing took it upon himself to offer his help. “I worked with the Blind and Deaf Society before so I know the ins and outs of NGOs and NPOs. Its sad to see such a lovely establishment close so I wanted to offer my help in any way possible,” said Bodasing. Bodasing used his connections throughout Pietermaritzburg to raise funds for the CPA, getting tickets supplied to him and selling those tickets to raise funds for the organisation as they hosted a raffle. “People are losing their jobs and deserving children are being left without proper placement in schools, which breaks my heart,” said Bodasing. Manager of the CPA, Irene Dugmore, said she thanked everyone from the community for the help they’ve received and especially thanked Bodasing for his work in selling so many tickets and raising funds for the organisation: “A special thanks must be given to our volunteer Mr Bodasing, who worked so hard and sold most of the tickets himself. Plus, he secured a sponsor for the six main prizes from Hugo’s Panel Shop,” said Dugmore at the official handover at Hugo’s Panel Shop on Thursday, December 6. Dugmore said that all funds raised from the raffle will be used towards the running costs of the CPA before closure. Read more on page 5.