Mandela Day for doing good

2015-06-23 06:00

The Claremont Community Police Forum, the Claremont police and the Claremont Improvement District Company are joining hands once again for Madiba Day to make those who are in need feel better.

Celebrated on 18 July to honour former president Nelson Mandela the day is set out for doing good in the community.

The organisations are now asking for donations to help them on the day.

They are appealing for all sorts of donations and second-hand goods – from clothing, bedding, kitchen utensils and nappies to toiletries – from all the businesses in the area and any members of the public who wish to help them.

Their focus this year we will be on gathering donations or sponsorships for two organisations, namely De Heide Special Care Centre and Baphumelele.

De Heide Special Care Centre provides a day programme for up to 30 children disabled by cerebral palsy. These young people are all severely to profoundly disabled and have severe barriers to learning. Many of the children come from very impoverished homes. They come from 14 areas, including Bridgetown, Gugulethu, Tambo Village, Manenberg and Hanover Park.

Baphumelele in Khayelitsha provides a place of safety for about 110 children in need. About half of the organisation’s daily expenditure is covered by the government, but this does not cover building costs, staff education or other expenses such as clothing, uniforms or shoes. Baphumelele has taken children staying on the streets of Claremont into its care and is an important partner in homeless care.

Those who want to donate or have any questions about the Mandela Day initiative can contact Sharon Rome of the Forum on 083 690 8226 or Karen Bailey of the Claremont Improvement District Company on 073 154 9886. Donations in any form or size are welcome

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