Young lives matter

2018-03-13 13:48
One of the learners who attends The LifeMatters Foundation programmes.

One of the learners who attends The LifeMatters Foundation programmes.

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The LifeMatters Foundation (LMF) based in Meadowridge is an educational non-profit organisation providing both academic and psychosocial support to underprivileged primary school learners in the southern suburbs.

Established in 2002 by Meadowridge Baptist Church (now Connect Church) to serve the youth of the greater Constantiaberg area, the organisation has been spreading its wings. Now working with schools in Retreat, Steenberg, Westlake and Vrygrond, their holistic intervention includes two separate portfolios, namely the LifeSkills Portfolio and the Academic Portfolio. The objective of both portfolios is to equip children with the skills they need to stay in school.

LMF relies on donations and they are the chosen beneficiary of the Perfectly Posh High Tea Party being hosted by People’s Post in partnership with Spec-Savers. The aim of this event is to raise awareness and collect much-needed books for the foundation. The high tea promises fun, beauty and fashion, all in the name of charity. Tickets are on sale at R250 and the event will take place at the Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands on Thursday 19 April at 10:00. 

Alnere Turck, executive director of The LifeMatters Foundation, says they address challenges such as inequality and pervasive academic underachievement through the Academic Portfolio. “The challenges addressed through our LifeSkills Programme are drug and alcohol abuse, gangs, domestic and community-related violence, crime and dysfunction.”

Those attending the Perfectly Posh High Tea Party, taking place at Kelvin Grove Club on Thursday 19 April, are encouraged to bring a book for children aged between eight and 10. “The guests will be bringing books that will be used to supply a new literacy centre at a new school in 2019. We will also use the books in our current literacy centres so that the children have new, exciting books to enjoy. Any funds that may be donated will be used to support our literacy centres. This will go a long way in running our programmes,” says Turck.

Last year, LMF launched a numeracy programme at Lourier Primary School in Retreat and it is doing well. “The numeracy programme is in the first year of our initial two-year cycle and it is going very well. We are running the programme at two schools (Lourier and Capricorn primary schools) and currently more than 40 Grade 2 learners are receiving maths support twice a week. In 2019, we will continue working with the same learners and add the new Grade 2 learners that need support,” says Turck.

?For more information on The LifeMatters Foundation or to help call 021 712 0383 or email,

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