Facelift for Mandalay educare in 100th makeover

2018-05-29 06:01
James Schuurmans from Woolworths and Stacey Quinton from New Kidz.

James Schuurmans from Woolworths and Stacey Quinton from New Kidz.

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With a fresh lick of paint, the Paul Otto Educare in Mandalay has become a more inviting place for the little ones.

This is with thanks to 60 Woolworths employees who spent three days along side Newkidz painting and renovating the educare last week.

Lynn Haefele, CEO of Newkidz says they were approached by the educare a few years ago but funding posed a problem.

The makeover was then done in three stages. “This marks our 100th makeover. We aim to do around 12 per year. We are an independent NPO focussing on makeovers,” she says.

Their main focus is to renovate spaces used for children, orphans, vulnerable children and the marginalised.The renovation saw painting of the entire building, the renovation of the toilets and the installation of a new library. The Woolworths Foods team not only offered their time, they also raised the R60 000 needed for the renovation.

“The Woolworth Trust’s Just Cause initiative asks for everyone to send motivations for charities or causes that are close to their hearts. There were so many great causes that it wasn’t easy for our Diversity Committee to choose Paul Otto but we all know how books and the power of reading can change lives so it was clear winner. We wanted to look in the line of feeding or education,“ says Marisa Munroe of Woolworths Foods.

“Some of the creative ways was that our chefs created jams and spreads to sell as part of our waste not initiative. That and other sales helped us raise the money throughout last year.”

Woolworths provides a seed money to start the fundraising and all moneys raised are matched by the company.

Paul Otto Educare provides a safe place for 56 children between the ages of two to six.

Dawn Swano, Principal of Paul Otto Educare says she is overwhelmed by the renovations. “The educare is so inviting now and fits in with it’s surroundings. The library is also very important to us because now we can teach the children to read. We have Grade R children and next year they will be ready for school,” she says.

Just Cause is part of the Woolworths Employee Community Involvement Programme that encourages employees to identify and propose a community cause to support through fundraising. Over the past year, R1.7m has been raised by the Just Cause initiative, which has been invested in 20 worthy causes across the country.

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