Pre-event: Spur Foundation Spreading Grace at House of Grace.
July 31, 2014
The Spur Foundation will be carrying forward our vision to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of our communities by visiting House of Grace outside Durbanville on Saturday, 2 August 2014.
House of Grace is a place of safety for abandoned and abused children who have been through tremendous hardship and previous neglect. They work closely with the Department of Welfare, Government, the South African Police Service and hospitals in handling the interests of these children.
Aletta Herbst and her adopted daughter, Michelle, who manage House of Grace, have a special compassion for children in this type of crisis. Aletta herself was abandoned as a child, and lived for two years on the streets of Cape Town, sleeping in the bathrooms at Cape Town Station. She was taken care of by a cleaner who worked at the station, who would bring her food and clothing. This lady was eventually able to get Social Services to send the young girl to school and Aletta was moved to a boarding school in Wolmaransstad.
“When you have endured something like this,” Aletta explains, “you can empathise with these children. I know how they feel, and what they are going through,” she says.
House of Grace currently houses 18 children who range in age from 13 months to 16 years. They do not receive a government subsidy or grant for the work they do and are struggling to make ends meet. Spur Foundation realised the need to support Aletta, Michelle and the children at House of Grace, and took the initiative to lend a helping hand.
As part of the ‘Sponsor a Child’ project, the Spur Foundation and Spur employees were requested to sponsor gift boxes for all of the children. These gifts, which will be handed to the kids on 2 August, will contain special surprises and useful items, as requested by the children themselves – ranging from soccer balls, shoes, nail polish, hair accessories and clothing, to baby food, as well as little treats to show them that Spur is a company that truly cares for the children of South Africa.
“We are hoping to bring joy to these children and support, in some small way, the efforts of these strong and amazing servants of society. Aletta’s story truly moved me and I am privileged and proud that the Spur Foundation has taken on House of Grace as a beneficiary,” adds Joe Stead, Foundation Committee member. The Foundation will in the future contribute on a monthly basis towards the grocery requirements of the children.
The Spur Foundation was established on Mandela Day, 18 July 2012 with a donation from the Spur Group of R670 000. The value of the donation not only resonates with the ’67 minutes’ theme of Mandela Day, but also recognises the founding of the Spur family in 1967.
The Foundation aims to uplift and improve the lives of South African families, with a special emphasis on assisting children. The Foundation supports initiatives that assist children in impoverished communities by administering feeding schemes and providing basic necessities and amenities. Over time the Foundation plans to provide financial assistance for educational bursaries and general community upliftment.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
NAME: Ronel van Dijk, Chairperson of the Spur Foundation and Chief Financial Officer of Spur Corporation Limited
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