AERCT donates over R540 000 to four Ekurhuleni causes

The Afrisun East Rand Community Trust (AERCT) have donated more than R540 000 in cash and kind to four worthy causes in the Ekurhuleni area. The House of Hadassah; Busy Bodies Pre-School; Nigel Old Age Home; and Kidz Clinic all received a welcome boost to the good work they already do in the communities they serve.

The Busy Bodies tuition centre, which offers alternative placements to children with mental, cognitive and physical challenges, benefits from a R200 000 investment in renovations; new kitchen equipment; educational toys; and an outdoor play centre from the AERCT. The demand for individualised tuition and care for these children is overwhelming and Busy Bodies provides an environment where each child is given the opportunity to become the best they can be. There is also a stong focus on providing support and guidance for the whole family.

The House of Hadassah, a Boksburg-based step facility for abused young women, received R85 000 towards renovations and the refurbishment of the skills room, including new arts & crafts materials, sewing machines and overlockers. The House of Hadassah provides a safe place, for girls who are no longer eligible for inclusion in children’s homes. The facility provides a safe place for these girls to find their feet and equips them for success, helping them become a part of the solution to South Africa’s social problems.

The Boksburg branch of Kidz Clinic received R100 000 in towards renovation and repair of the facility’s roof and gutters, the internal and exterior were re-painted and chairs, cabinets and a new switchboard were supplied. The satellite clinic in Duduza also received a laptop, which will make the social workers’ job in the under-electrified area much easier. Kidz Clinic is run by Women & Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA), founded in 1997 as a Non-Government, Non-Profit Organisation. The organisation felt that the spiralling increase in incidents of child abuse in South Africa necessitated the provision of comprehensive one-stop support for abused children and their families, as well as the implementation of preventative and awareness programmes to break the complex cycle of abuse. Kidz Clinics are professional child-friendly facilities, located centrally in impoverished communities which provide free comprehensive services – medical and psycho-social assessment & treatment – for children who have been sexually, physically and emotionally abused or neglected.

The Nigel Old Age Home benefited from a R160 000 investment in the Alzheimers’ Ward which went towards new linen; cupboards; waterproof sheets; and the installation of an industrial washing machine.

AERCT Executive Trustee, Sandy Hattingh, says that the Trust identified these four worthy causes because of their phenomenal rate of growth over the last few years. “It’s unfortunate that the endemic problems in our society are growing, but at least organisations like these are growing with them,” she says. “The Afrisun Trust values the great work they do and we are happy to be able to assist in making their difficult task a little easier.”