THE South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry is conducting a Mandela Day Outreach Programme and asking the public for assistance.Chamber president Vijay Naidoo said they have partnered with the Port Shepstone Child Welfare to identify the most deserving and needy entities to direct the chamber’s Mandela Day efforts towards. The two projects identified were Cathulisanani Crèche in Betania and Indigent Doyisa Family in Nyandezulu.Naidoo said Cathulisanani Crèche is run by a retired couple in their seventies. “The husband is a former builder and has tried to extend the facility using their own resources, but has now stopped due to a lack of funds. They charge a minimal amount to the community for the service,” said Naidoo. The facility currently caters for 25 children ranging in age three months to four years. In consultation with the social worker who manages the area and the couple who run the crèche, the short-term needs are pots, blankets, sponge mattresses, tables and chairs, plates and spoons, a stove and a fridge. “At the Indigent Doyisa Family Home, Bonisile Doyisa cares for 15 abandoned children. The children range in age from two to 20 years old, and six of them go to school. “Apart from a fairly new RDP house which is used exclusively for sleeping in, the rest of the living conditions are appalling,” said Naidoo.The immediate short-term needs for this family are pots and pans, blankets, tables and chairs, as well as mattresses and beds.“We are counting on the generosity of our membership and the community to make a meaningful difference to those less fortunate among us. We are appealing for donations in cash or kind. We will arrange collection of any items donated, and cash deposits can be made into our bank account,” said Naidoo. Bank details: South Coast Chamber of Commerce and IndustryFirst National Bank – Oribi Plaza Branch Account number - 6256 425 1595Reference any deposits by company name - Mandela Day.