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Ambassadors of The Hope Jones Foundation bring cheers to local day care centres

JUNE 29, 2015
Ambassadors of The Hope Jones Foundation bring cheers to local day care centres

Ambassadors of The Hope Jones Foundation recently handed out beanies to the children at Khaya Cheshire and Ithemba Special Day Care Centre to warm them up during these winter months.

The Hope Jones Foundation is a Port Elizabeth-based NGO launched in February 2013 to enable and empower children with physical and mental disabilities. The beanies were knitted through the Foundation’s “Beaning Hope to Children” drive when a group of retired ladies decided to knit beanies for a good cause.

The 500-odd beanies are then handed out to grateful recipients during winter.

“This is a good way for us to give back to the community,” Gary Jones explains. “At the same time, our Ambassadors get to visit special needs schools and step out of their comfort zones.”

The Ambassadors form part of the Foundation’s ABC4DBC programme where Able-Bodied Children champion the cause of Disabled-Bodied Children. Schools partnering in the programme include Summerwood Primary, St. George’s Preparatory School, Collegiate Junior School for Girls. St. George’s College, Collegiate Girls’ High School, Cape Recife High School, Pearson High School, Harvest Christian School, and Hoërskool Framesby.

Ithemba Special Day Care Centre, one of their beneficiaries, is a day care centre for children with intellectual and multiple disabilities between 6 and 18 years.

At Ithemba the children, all from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and most of them living under the poverty bracket, receive education, stimulation and care, as well as 2 basic meals daily. The centre is an NPO and therefore relies on donors and sponsors to keep the doors open to this vital course.

Relationships like the one with the Hope Jones Foundation form an important aspect of the work that is done by Ithemba Special Day Care Centre, as raising awareness is vital to the survival of the centre.