Daring inventiveness - a boost to youth centre

2015-04-30 15:17
=The friendly team of Oosterland Opstal at their new venture on the grounds of Uitenhage Provincial Hospital.

=The friendly team of Oosterland Opstal at their new venture on the grounds of Uitenhage Provincial Hospital. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Inventiveness, dedicated individuals and the strong sense of financial survival with the ultimate aim to take care of vulnerable children, motivated Oosterland Youth Centre to enter the home industry and food services sector.

When during December 2014 the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital advertised a tender for the outsourcing of its on-site coffee shop, it offered an ideal opportunity for Oosterland to expand their programme in the hospitality industry.

“The reputation of Oosterland Opstal, a home industry and catering venture together with the need to expand our services to a broader community, was in our favour,” said Zulyka Scott, Fundraiser at Oosterland Youth Centre.

The Centre is a non-profit organisation which qualifies as a child and youth care centre, a provision of the new Children’s Act to establish a system of specialised alternative childcare programmes with proper standards and governance structures.

“Oosterland Opstal is one of our sustainability projects to generate funds in assisting the centre with projects empowering our children with positive life skills allowing them to take responsibility for their life and future,” said Riaan Marais, Director of Oosterland Youth Centre.

The Oosterland Opstal outlets in Penford and at the hospital are managed by Adele Phillipson.

It is well known for its extraordinary and appetising platters to suit any occasion or clients’ health preferences. Other popular meals include their lasagne and bobotie which are made to order.

“It is pleasing to see that all walks of life are starting to visit our coffee shop. That is what we want for all, whether a patient, cleaner, professional or just someone who needs tranquillity to come and enjoy what we have to offer,” said Adele.

The Oosterland Opstal at 13 Penford Avenue is still in operation, whilst the fully equipped kitchen facilities at the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital grounds are utilized to provide a variety of eats, treats, platters, themed cakes and take-aways.

“Oosterland Opstal is more than a business. We do what we do with passion. We serve good quality food and wish to make a difference in others’ lives as well as our community.”

)For more information or to order themed cakes, platters or other light treat trays contact Oosterland Opstal at Penford Avenue on 041 922 5453 or Oosterland Opstal at the hospital on 041 966 5001

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