Army comes to St Michael’s aid

2018-07-10 06:00

Army Support Base Western Cape plans to tighten relations with the Plumstead-based St Michael’s Child and Youth Care Centre.

Warrant Officer Johannes Basson says they have been involved with the centre for four years, doing awareness and visiting children, but never realised the need for permanent support, until recently.

He says in a recent meeting held between the army support base and the centre, they learnt about the seriousness of the need for interventions to ensure beneficiaries receive the services they need to recover.

He says they decided to offer the Youngsfield Military Base for the fundraising event taking place on Mandela Day, Wednesday 18 July.

Basson says they hope the event will be a success. “We really hope that people will come out in their numbers to help us raise the much-needed funds. Our members will be joining the race and entertaining children inside our military base. This is all in aid of St Michael’s. The place does a great job for the community, even us at the base, we have benefited from its services. We have members who recovered from drug addiction and joined the army. For us who have been there since the beginning of our relationship it feels like their beneficiaries are our children. We want the best for them.”

He says they are looking at ways of getting more involved and finding more people to help from now onwards.

St Michael’s hopes to raise R20 000 through the fundraising event. Kelly Jacobs, programme coordinator, says that in an attempt to accumulate funds, they plan to add a Mandela Day fun run/walk to their annual event as the army base has promised to provide them with space.

She says they know the public always supports them. “We appreciate the support that public has given the girls, staff and organisation of St Michael’s. We look forward to your contribution and participation in this fundraising event as well.”

The centre empowers young women from disadvantaged backgrounds, some affected with severe social ills.

The event is open to everyone. Entry is R30 per person entering online before Sunday 15 July and R50 per manual entry on the day of the event.

Registration will begin from 10:00. The first 100 entrants will receive goodie bags.

The cut-off time for the race will be at 14:00.

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