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SOS Children's Village getting makeover thanks to 'Vat jou goed en trek' and KykNET's Henck Conrey

Mar 29, 2017
SOS Children's Village getting makeover thanks to 'Vat jou goed en trek' and KykNET's Henck Conrey

Henck Conrey, producer and presenter of the hit KykNET home renovation series - ‘Vat jou goed en trek!’, and local real estate agent, Marcel du Toit, are teaming up again, but this time the cameras won’t be rolling. 

Du Toit, of Re/max Independent property Lorraine who joined the cast of ‘Vat jou goed en trek!’ season two as a property expert during production in 2016, and the television star have joined forces to give the local SOS Children's Village a fresh coat of paint, with materials donated from Cashbuild, to draw public attention to the organisation that relies heavily on volunteers and public donations to function.

‘Vat jou goed en trek!’ Season two’s heartfelt approach garnered an overwhelming response from viewers as entire episodes were dedicated to give back. 

Conrey and his team realised during filming of season one that there was a deeper message.

"Once you see what a significant difference you can make in someone else’s life by pooling collective resources or skills it is hard to turn back, you finally understand the  meaning of community," Conrey said.

"When production started on season two we knew we had been given a platform and we wanted to do more. We have to set an example."

 Season two showed the team renovate the I-care drop off centre for street youth in Brixton Johannesburg where they installed a new floor, a food garden, repaired their vandalised bathrooms and built a much needed counselling room. 

The team also spent time renovating a commune for the blind in Northcliffe. Conrey and du Toit were overwhelmed by the basic needs organizations like these struggle to overcome.

Du Toit said that NPO’s and NGO’s are massively underfunded and fulfil a great public service, and even if you do not have money to give, you can give your time. Maintenance can be very expensive and having a tradesman donate an hour of his time can alleviate allot of pressure on a budget that is already stretched.  

Conrey, who now lives in Johannesburg, said that Port Elizabeth still feels like home.

“I grew up here went to school at High school Framesby and I still feel like a part of the community and as part of the community I am obligated to do my part and I hope that it will inspire others to do the same.’’


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