Children ‘puzzled’ by local resident

2015-09-22 06:00
Vennessa Cupido and Jasmin Jantjies accept the donation from local business owner Cheryl Thompson (centre)PHOTO: 
nicole mccain

Vennessa Cupido and Jasmin Jantjies accept the donation from local business owner Cheryl Thompson (centre)PHOTO: nicole mccain

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An Ocean View business woman is sharing her hobby with local children.

Cheryl Thompson donated two dozen sets of 1 000 and 1 500 piece puzzles to non-profit organisation Valley Development Project, which runs the Open Door facility.

They provide social work services and child protection, as well as feeding projects and early learning programmes.

Three feeding projects are also run from the Ocean View office.

The child protection agency works with vulnerable and abused children, providing early intervention and assisting in placing children in foster care, explains social development supervisor Sue Burger.

The facility currently does not have space to run comprehensive after care programmes, but this is set to change once the project expands into a second building. The puzzles have been earmarked for use in this facility, which is expected to open soon, Burger says.

Thompson, who owns a liquor outlet in Ocean View, says she no longer has time to build puzzles due to her growing business, but hopes the children will enjoy them instead.

She also hopes to send a message to the community that owners of liquor outlets can be responsible community members.

“Liquor outlets are often linked to a very negative perception in our communities. Local business owners are aware of their social responsibilities,” she says

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