The Boardwalk CEO Sympathy SleepOut donates R75 000 to Khayalethu

BY JESICA SLABBERT - OCTOBER 27, 2016

In July, several CEOs and Directors at many large corporations with operations in the Bay exchanged their warm beds for a night on the pavement outside Wimpy, at the Boardwalk Complex, in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, in an effort to raise funds for charity.

Subsequently, The Boardwalk CEO Sympathy SleepOut managed to raise R150 000 on the night for two local beneficiaries - the ACVV Khayalethu Youth Centre and Healing Minds in Walmer.

An official handover of the funds to Khayalethu took place at their youth centre in Theescombe, Port Elizabeth, on Wednesday.

The event was attended by several of the CEO’s that participated in The Boardwalk CEO Sympathy SleepOut. They were also afforded a tour of the centre by its Director, Dr Marietjie van der Merwe.

The ACVV Khayalethu Youth Centre is a Christian organisation that started in 1996 after a realising a need for a permanent alternative for boys living on Port Elizabeth’s streets. The centre tries to provide a home for their 35 former street boys, between the ages of 6-21.

At the centre, they are prepared physically, emotionally and intellectually to become responsible, functioning members of society. This is particularly important as many of the boys come from a life of crime, abuse and poverty.

“I just want to thank all the sponsors that have been involved, if it weren’t for people like you who care, they would have closed down this centre a long time ago,” said Dr Marietjie.

Aside from the R75 000 that was raised for the centre, several items were also donated, which include clothes and shoes for the boys, a large trailer and an industrial lawnmower.