Foundation burns down

2019-07-23 06:25
Furniture was damaged, food and clothing burned to ashes and the management wants to restore the place.

Furniture was damaged, food and clothing burned to ashes and the management wants to restore the place.

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Foundation for Positive Change’s male residence in Grassy Park was destroyed in a fire on the afternoon of Tuesday 16 July.

The founder and the chairperson of the foundation, Rashaad Allen says he was reading an article about his appeal for help (“Help make recovery easier,” People’s Post, 16 July) when he learned about the incident “I was in disbelief,” he says.

It is unclear at what caused the fire, he told People’s Post.

The foundation helps with recovery of substance abuse. It offers programmes that deal with peer pressure, anger management, communication skills, financial management, life skills, restorative justice and drug counselling.

It relies on donations to run.

Allen says the total cost for the damage is estimated to be about R120 000 as everything in the residence, including the work clothes of the 24 men, were burned.

While Oasis Place in Schaapkraal accommodated most of the affected men, he says seven of them moved in with him at his home, sharing the space with his wife and two children. “Thanks to Oasis, most importantly to its director, Clifford Martinus for assisting the guys,” says Allen.

“No one said it would be easy but we will continue trying to find ways to help them. They have worked for many months towards their recovery and we cannot give up on them, we cannot let them suffer,” Allen says.

He is once again appealing for donations to help them rebuild the residence and to sustain the day-to-day lives of the affected. V Any donation is welcome. Call Rashaad Allen for more information on 076 467 4912.

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