Help bring colour to centre

2019-07-09 06:00
Mary-Anne Smith, Cherly-Anne Kannemeyer and Jeanette Notuku at the sewing section.PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Mary-Anne Smith, Cherly-Anne Kannemeyer and Jeanette Notuku at the sewing section.PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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The Village Work Centre in Claremont is in dire need of an upgrade to their facilities so that they are more comfortable and accommodating for the people that spend hours at the centre.

The centre is a protective work centre for adults with cerebral palsy or multiple disabilities. They currently have 105 workers that are transported to and from the centre from areas like Mitchell’s Plain, Gugulethu, Manenberg, Lavender Hill, Hanover Park, Langa and Khayelitsha to mention a few.

They accommodate people aged from 18 to 64.

At the centre they have an assembling section where they do mostly sub-contractual work for local businesses and individuals by making up of gift boxes, bundling, promotional packaging, heat sealing, folding, inserting of monthly statements, glueing, cleaning and sorting of hangers, collating, loading of magic beans and also do an off-site contract which consists of pre-packing of assorted nails.

Centre manager Cherly-Anne Kannemeyer says: “We do wheelchair repairs, make peg bags, aprons, door stoppers and scatter cushions. There is also a sewing section and the woodwork section produces wooden items, for example, bread boards, magazine holders and spoons,” she says.

Established in 1984, the centre has seen better days, and wear and tear is visible throughout the premises.

It needs an urgent upgrade.

They want to upgrade the canteen, kitchen, toilets and make it user-friendly as well as give it a fresh coat of paint. The walls are dull and dirty.

To try and raise the much-needed funds for the work, they will be hosting a karaoke night at the centre from 18:00 until 23:30 on Saturday 27 July. The entry fee is R50.

Kannemeyer says they are desperate to get things going and bring a new lease on life to the centre. “Our canteen looks like a pigsty. It is ice cold, tables are chipped and it is not very user-friendly for the people that work here. You know, I cry every morning when I look at the canteen. Something needs to be done,” she says.

Their hope is to get as many people as possible to the karaoke night so that they can get money to start the work.

“We are appealing for support from the community. We want to give the best service to the workers. They spend most of their time here and we want to make it as comfortable as it can be.

“We are appealing to businesses, individuals that can come on board to help us revamp the place,” she says.

With the funds partially coming from the provincial Department of Social Development, they hugely rely on donations and fundraising to keep things going.

Kannemeyer says part of her wish for the centre is for them to be able to afford to give the workers something to eat.

“It can be a sandwich or a warm meal. We can’t afford to do that for them. It really breaks my heart to see others go to the canteen because they have food and others remain in their workstations because they don’t have food. We are appealing for people to dig deep into their pockets and open their hearts to help us so that we can help them,” she says.

They also need help with detergents, a microwave, cement slabs or paving, crockery, garden clippers, a weed eater and chairs among other things.

V For tickets to the karaoke night call 021 683 1300 or email frontdesk@villageworkcentre.co.za.

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