Help centre to rise above

2019-05-28 06:00

Sunrise Special Care Centre, a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) in Elfindale needs help to make things easy for the children they serve.

The centre looks after 30 people including children and young adults with special needs during the day. Those that come to the centre have severe and profound intellectual disabilities.

Started about 30 years ago, the centre has evolved from a clinic and they now operate like a school. Children come in the morning and leave in the afternoon and they are provided with specialised learning.

The Centre is in need of a specialised bus so that it will be easy to transport the children to and from school.

School principal Heinrich Kruger says at the moment the driver has to carry each and every learner, put them in the bus and take them out again when they get to school. “Our driver drives through the areas we serve and picks up the children. We need a specialised bus that will allow the children to be wheeled in, making it easy for the driver and saving time,” he says, adding that they are grateful to have the driver.

“He has had two heart attacks but still continues to be of great service to us and the kids. He never complains. We can’t afford the bus and we are appealing for help,” says Kruger.

Serving communities like Parkwood, Retreat, Steenberg and Capricorn among other areas, most of these parents struggle to make ends meet making it difficult for the school to ask the parents to fork out money for this as it will be costly.

Kruger adds that they wish to have a specialised play area for the children as well as a specialised beach wheelchair so that they can take the children on outings.

“Most of the children, because of their condition, have never been in the water. If we get a beach wheelchair, even if it’s one, we will be able to wheel the kids onto the beach so that they can also enjoy the water. This will mean so much to them,” he says.

They also need volunteers to help them play with the children.

They have five carers who work throughout the day with little or no time to take breaks and volunteers will go a long way for them.

“We are asking for those that have time to come visit us and see what we do. Spend time with the children, play with them and sing for them. They will remember this for a long time to come. The touch and the play will stay with them and this is something that money can’t buy,” says Kruger.

Some of the things that they need include hand wash, vaseline, tissues, detergents, gloves, plastic aprons, roller towels, hand-washing powder, laundry soap and fabric softner.

Despite the needs, Kruger says what keeps them going is the love for children and a heart that is always willing to serve.V To help the school call Heinrich Kruger on 021 712 1445.

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