The De Heide Special Care Centre in Lansdowne will benefit from the charity concert by Mark Master Masons in collaboration with Widows Sons Western Cape at the Barnyard Theatre in the Tygervalley Centre on Sunday 3 November.
The concert is at 14:00 and costs R150 per person.
The De Heide Special Care Centre is one of the services of the Western Cape Cerebral Palsy Association (WCCPA). The association is committed to providing a range of services to all people with cerebral palsy.
De Heide caters for children with cerebral palsy who have severe and profound intellectual disabilities and experience severe barriers to learning.
“Currently 28 children attend De Heide Special Care Centre and are transported daily from disadvantaged communities of Cape Town in specialised WCCPA busses. The children come for Bridgetown, Silvertown, Kewtown, Manenberg, Heideveld and Hanover Park,” said Fatima Shaboodien of the centre.
De Heide provides a daily learning programme to children and adults disabled by cerebral palsy and additional disabilities. It emphasises self-help skills, cognitive development, fine and gross motor development, emotional skills and interactive play.
“Integrated into this holistic approach is the sharing and exchanging of ideas with parents to empower them to understand and manage their children’s disabilities more effectively. Children with such a high support need are dependant on the parent or caregiver for the rest of their life. While a basic developmental programme is adopted, the care component is high and has huge financial implications,” she says.
De Heide has different projects and if the public wants to become involved, they can contact De Heide. They have a sponsor-the-child-project, where the cost per child is R3 170 per month. After deducting guaranteed income from the government and donors as well as anticipated family contributions and fundraising, a monthly shortfall of R500 exists for each child.
“If you are prepared to assist by contributing R250 or less per month for one year you will be ensuring that one child is assured of the care and developmental support needed to maintain his or her place at De Heide.
“Transport plays a pivotal role at De Heide, as the nature of the children’s and adults’ disabilities, coupled with the economic status of the families, make them totally dependent on transport provided by the organisation,” she says.
To ensure that the transport service is always safe and reliable, a tracker system needs to be installed, the vehicle has to be maintained and serviced regularly, the vehicle has to be insured and a driver employed, which all have huge financial implications on already overstretched budgets.
“You could offer your support through contribution towards petrol, maintenance, pay the annual license and insure the bus. We offer therapeutic sessions and you could contribute towards financing the weekly sessions and therapeutic equipment.
“We also need funding for the upgrading of computer systems and software, donations of stationery and donations of food, kitchenware, cleaning materials, outdoor tools and classroom equipment,” Shaboodien says.
She also mentioned that the presence of a severely intellectual and physically disabled child in the home often places incredible strain on parents, grandparents and siblings.
“By providing a daily service the centre not only enables the child to reach his or her fullest potential, but also provides relief to families in a safe, secure environment. Attending the centre is not only important for the self-esteem and dignity of the child, but also ensures that they can take their rightful place within their own families and their communities at large,” she says.
Contact 021 683 5470 for more details.