School calls for funds

2018-01-23 06:00

Friends Day Centre in Maitland is appealing to members of the public to help it continue helping individuals with special needs throughout the year.

They need donations to be able to raise 50% of their annual costs of R4.7m.

The centre is run in the form of a non-profit organisation, depending on fees and fundraising to raise the funds to add to the amount provided by government.

The school currently has about 103 learners between the ages of two and 44 years.

The majority of the learners suffers from cerebral palsy, spina bifida and epilepsy, among others, and struggle with speech. The school provides different therapies according to the needs of the individual and also covers the cost of transportation.

Manager Johann Opperman says that over the years of offering services to the community, the demand for the school has grown and so have the costs, because some of their learners come from disadvantaged families who cannot afford to pay the monthly fees of R1200 for a child under the age of 18 years and R1800 for adults.

He says that since noticing the struggle parents go through to put their children through school, they have taken it upon themselves to raise funds to cover their costs.

“We never turn anyone away because they cannot afford to pay the fees. We understand that they come from different backgrounds, as we have knowledge of the communities we serve, hence we would like to appeal to the public to support this cause and donate to us. They can choose to donate towards the area of their choice. They can donate directly towards therapy equipment or sponsor a child in need through our various mediums of raising funds.”

He says the public can choose to donate through bank deposit, website donate button or SMS option, which cost R20 per SMs.

Opperman also says members of the public are welcome to visit the facility and see how it is run.

Faizel Isaacs’ son has been enrolled at the school for five years now. He says the school is in need of money to keep providing the best service to their children. He says the school not only helped to change the life of his son, but the lives of the rest of the family.

“The school plays a very important role for us and every family that has a child there. My son never liked school before and would not do most of the things he does now such as counting up to 10, singing along to his favourite song in his own funny tone, and communicating and obeying rules. It would be great to see the school supported and growing over the years. If you can dig into your pocket I can promise that your money will not go to waste. It is much needed. Each contribution will be highly ­appreciated.”V For more information, visit http://www.friendsdaycentre.org.za/

Friends Day Centre in Maitland is appealing to the public to help it continue helping individuals with special needs throughout the year.

They need donations to be able to raise 50% of their annual costs of R4.7m.

The centre is run in the form of a non-profit organisation, depending on fees and fundraising to raise the funds to add to the amount provided by government.

The school currently has about 103 learners between the ages of two and 44.

The majority of the learners suffer from cerebral palsy, spina bifida and epilepsy, among others, and struggle with speech. The school provides different therapies according to the needs of the individual and also covers the cost of transportation.

Manager Johann Opperman says that over the years of offering services to the community, the demand for the school has grown and so have the costs, because some of their learners come from disadvantaged families who cannot afford to pay the monthly fees of R1200 for a child under the age of 18 years and R1800 for adults.

He says that since noticing the struggle parents go through to put their children through school, they have taken it upon themselves to raise funds to cover their costs.

“We never turn anyone away because they cannot afford to pay the fees. We understand that they come from different backgrounds, as we have knowledge of the communities we serve, hence we would like to appeal to the public to support this cause and donate to us. They can choose to donate towards the area of their choice. They can donate directly towards therapy equipment or sponsor a child in need through our various mediums of raising funds.”

Opperman says the public can choose to donate through bank deposit, website donate button or SMS option, which cost R20 per SMs.

He also says the public is welcome to visit the facility and see how it is run.

Faizel Isaacs’ son has been enrolled at the school for five years now. He says the school is in need of money to keep providing the best service to their children. He says the school not only helped to change the life of his son, but the lives of the rest of the family.

“The school plays a very important role for us and every family that has a child there. My son never liked school before and would not do most of the things he does now such as counting up to 10, singing along to his favourite song in his own funny tone, and communicating and obeying rules. It would be great to see the school supported and growing over the years. If you can dig into your pocket I can promise that your money will not go to waste. It is much needed. Each contribution will be highly ­appreciated.”V For more information, visit http://www.friendsdaycentre.org.za/

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