Ups and downs for development centre

2019-12-17 06:00
Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation members raise awareness about HIV/Aids.

Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation members raise awareness about HIV/Aids.

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A drive to create awareness about HIV/Aids saw members from Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation walking the streets of Grassy Park, handing out condoms and demonstrating how to use them to passersby.

“On Monday 2 December, we started our World Aids Day drive at Grassy Park Community Health Clinic, which gives us an opportunity to raise even more awareness around the pandemic that is HIV/Aids. 

“We once again took to the streets to raise awareness among pedestrians and motorists alike on the importance of condomising, abstinence and knowing your status through our chants, distribution of condoms and speaking to people on the streets about HIV/Aids,” the marketing manager and fundraiser at the centre, Fatiema Asvat, said.

The high from this drive was not long lived. On Thursday 5 December, the foundation’s Vrygrond centre was burgled. 

Criminals broke the centre’s fence and gained entry to the facility, stealing 130 gifts which included puzzles, colouring books, toothbrushes, sweets and crayons.

“On Friday (13 December), we had our annual Christmas party. 

“We received so much love and support from organisations and businesses and from people in the community. 

“Internationally, they have acknowledged what has happened to us, and Cape Town has been so, so good to us,” said Mymoena Scholtz, chief executive officer (CEO) of the foundation.

She added that it was discouraging to see the efforts of the Reddam House learners gone to waste. 

“The kids put so much effort into wrapping all the boxes,” Scholtz said.

She blamed the burglary on the high prevalence of addiction in the community. 

“The drug addicts don’t think about what they’re doing.”

Scholtz said despite the close-knit community being familiar with each person who lives there, there has been no headway in the case. No one reported any information to police. 

“There’s not a word about it in our community and they need to change their mindsets and start reporting, and not keep quiet. In all the years we’ve done the Christmas party, this is the first year they’ve done this to us,” she remarked woefully.

Despite the setback, the centre still hosted their Christmas party on Friday 13 December and celebrated the year with the children in Phumlani Village informal settlement.

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