Rotary support for Sunlit Gardens

2019-10-16 06:00
Supporting the Sunlit Gardens are (from left) Sabitha Maharaj (Pietermaritzburg Rotary Club), Moosa Allee (Pietermaritzburg Rotary Club and Fundraiser), Sundres Govindasamy (Sunlit Gardens), Sipho Radebe (president Pietermaritzburg Rotary Club), Marie Bredenkamp (Honorary Rotary member), George Reddy (Sunlit Gardens)and in front, Cathy Pillay (Pietermaritzburg Rotary Club).PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Supporting the Sunlit Gardens are (from left) Sabitha Maharaj (Pietermaritzburg Rotary Club), Moosa Allee (Pietermaritzburg Rotary Club and Fundraiser), Sundres Govindasamy (Sunlit Gardens), Sipho Radebe (president Pietermaritzburg Rotary Club), Marie Bredenkamp (Honorary Rotary member), George Reddy (Sunlit Gardens)and in front, Cathy Pillay (Pietermaritzburg Rotary Club).PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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SUNLIT Gardens in Northdale provides care to 42 children who have been abandoned or abused. Like many other institutions, the cost of running such a home is extremely challenging.

The home was therefore delighted to receive much-needed support from Pietermaritzburg Rotary this week, with the handing over of a cheque for R45 000 — a donation funded by a successful golf day arranged by Moosa Allee at the Victoria Country Club in September.

The donation was presented to Sundres Govindasamy and George Reddy, Sunlit Gardens representatives.

The new Pietermaritzburg Rotary resident, Sipho Radebe, was elected in July this year, and his flagship project for the year is Sunlit Gardens.

In addition to financial support, the Pietermaritzburg Rotary Club will be teaching children and staff how to become more self-sufficient (while also hopefully developing educational and therapeutic gardening skills) by creating their own vegetable garden.

Another major focus will be providing a library for the children.

Donations of books — both fiction and non-fiction — will be appreciated and can be dropped off at Safire House, Redlands Estate, in Pietermaritzburg. Books can be new or used and the focus is on reading material suitable for children between the ages of four and 18.

Anyone with a number of books may contact Ruth Bezuidenhout at 083 631 1264 and she will arrange for them to be collected if the donor is unable to deliver the books.

There are several other areas that Rotary has committed to supporting in the hope of making the home a more comfortable and nurturing place for the children. — Supplied.

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