Warm, snugly blankets for children

2016-08-10 16:12
Celebrating the Kidz2Kidz Blanket Drive donation at the event in Cape Town are, from left, Vincent Jacobs (K2K), Jewel Harris (SACSC), Niki Diamond (K2K), Lisa Levy (K2K), Donna Voges (K2K), Anushia Moodlier (K2K) and Dee Boehner (K2K).

Celebrating the Kidz2Kidz Blanket Drive donation at the event in Cape Town are, from left, Vincent Jacobs (K2K), Jewel Harris (SACSC), Niki Diamond (K2K), Lisa Levy (K2K), Donna Voges (K2K), Anushia Moodlier (K2K) and Dee Boehner (K2K). (Shawn Benjamin)

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Shopping centres in the Western Cape showed their sensitive side when they helped children keep warm this winter.

The Kidz2Kidz (K2K) project based in Newlands celebrated a donation of blankets at a very successful and well-attended networking event, co-ordinated by the dynamic Jewel Harris of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC).

Lisa Levy of Kidz2Kidz says the donation was received at an event that was hosted at the Fifteen on Orange Hotel in Cape Town on Wednesday 27 July.

“The networking social had a large social responsibility angle to it; the required entrance fee was one blanket per person for the K2K blanket drive,” she says.

“We are overjoyed at the response to the event that is driven by Jewel Harris with the SACSC supporting the K2K blanket drive for the last three years and have held similar events every year to assist the charity.

“The events have gone from strength to strength and against the background of jazzy saxophone sounds, delicious canapés and a few good glasses of wine relaxed attendees collectively donated a record 155 warm, snugly blankets to our cause.

“This was a very welcomed large donation from members mainly related to the Cape Town retail and property industries.”

Levy added that through this project K2K is doing a great job of getting a warm blanket to children in under-resourced schools across South Africa, in order to keep children warm and motivated to attend school.

She also added that Harris has taken the lead in another important project of the organisation.

“Jewel Harris also took the lead by donating a R5000 reading corner, on behalf of SACSC, to a school in need and has challenged all corporate and retail companies to do the same,” says Levy.

“September is literacy month and in order to improve the early learning literacy levels in schools across South Africa Kidz2Kidz are building reading corners to go into schools at Grade R level.

“Each book corner has 60 books in the mother tongue of the learner and the corner includes a mat, cushions to sit on and a little reading bench. Reading corners can be branded by the company who donates them.”

For more information about sponsoring a reading room email info@kidz2kidz.co.za or call Dee Boehner on 083 460 4449.

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