Boost for James House

2019-02-26 06:00
During the cheque handover on Wednesday 20 February. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

During the cheque handover on Wednesday 20 February. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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James House Child and Youth Care Centre in Hout Bay received a cash injection of over R100 000 from KFC’s Add Hope initiative on Wednesday 20 February, thanks to the newly found relations between the centre and the giant fast-food outlet.

The funds are expected to support the centre’s feeding programmes at various schools in Hangberg, Imizamo Yethu and Vredendal. The centre runs after-school programmes at the schools and provides healthy meals to children.

Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC Africa corporate affairs director, said: “James House is one of a growing list of 137 beneficiary organisations Add Hope supports nationally. The pressure to maintain levels of feeding the children increases, and Add Hope is able to reach out through the organisations like James House.”

A group of employees from the restaurant toured the centre and volunteered time to help with the feeding programme on the day.

Noel Milner, the training and development manager, welcomed the donation, saying it will go a long way as the centre relies on donations to cover its costs.

The donated amount will at least make a difference in the total annual cost of R4m on which the centre survives.

He thanked the donors for the contribution and for coming on board as one of their partners.

“As an NPO we have to raise funds to support our programmes, and the support from both local and international stakeholders is improving. And that gives hope not just to us but the communities we work in and the children we serve.

“Those children at the schools come from different backgrounds and some do not always have the privilege of healthy meals at home, hence the feeding programme is one of our prioritised programmes among many.”

The centre runs various programmes including skills and youth development, the Building Emotionally Strong Teens (Best) programme and Isibindi, which aims to create safe and caring communities in the context of HIV/Aids.


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