Dept of Correctional brings joy to Haven Wellness Centre

BY ZANDISIWE POLTIN - JULY 23, 2015

The Department of Correctional Services on Tuesday brought cheers to the disabled residents and management of Haven Wellness Centre in Parkridge, East London, when it donated groceries and new wheelchairs.

The gifts were part of the Department’s ‘67 minutes’ programme and involved its staff and offenders, who took it upon themselves to remember the sacrifices made by Nelson Mandela.

The founder of the centre, Eurina Stowman, was grateful at the gesture.

“We face constant financial strain because; excluding the day-to-day costs of running the centre, the feeding scheme alone could cost more than R20 000,” she said.

Receiving the donations, the centre’s chairman, Simon Rensburg told The Daily Dispatch; “We serve three meals a day to more than 300 children, including patients who live at the centre.”

He said that the centre, which was started in 2005, was in need of assistance.

The Haven Wellness Centre helps to address the needs of the destitute and the vulnerable in East London.

Wheelchair recipient, Ayanda Komani, said that he was happy to be one of the people who benefited from the donations.

The Department also distributed several wheelchairs to the physically disabled around the East London area - including in Mdantsane, Scenery Park and Kwelera.

 

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