Ve­hi­cle still nee­ded for Si­net­hem­ba cen­t­re

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A ve­hi­cle to trans­port the child­ren back and forth still re­mains the big­ge­st c­hal­len­ge for Si­net­hem­ba, an NPO that aims to en­coura­ge self-suf­fi­cien­cy a­mong youth and to gi­ve them ho­pe for the fu­tu­re.

This was e­vi­dent at this y­e­ar’s AGM held at the Old Ga­ol mu­seum on 11 Oc­to­ber. The or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on has been u­sing an old bak­kie to trans­port child­ren and for the run­ning of the cen­t­re.

Last y­e­ar al­o­ne they spent R85 460 on the ve­hi­cle’s ex­pen­ses and this y­e­ar it was R60 489 – alt­hough less, it is still mo­ney that could ha­ve go­ne to­wards the pur­cha­se of a new ve­hi­cle, says di­rec­tor Mi­cha­el S­mith.

“We’ve been st­rug­gling with the bak­kie for the lon­ge­st ti­me now. We’ve been ap­pe­a­ling to or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons and bu­si­nes­ses for do­na­ti­ons but com­pa­nies no lon­ger spon­sor vehi­cles t­he­se days. It is re­al­ly a st­rug­gle.”

Coun­cil­lor Mark Wil­lem­se ad­vi­sed the bo­ard mem­bers to start ap­plying for fi­nan­ci­al aid from the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty and fo­cus so­le­ly on rai­sing funds to buy a new ve­hi­cle inste­ad of spen­ding mo­ney on re­pairs. “For the next two y­e­ars I think you should fo­cus on get­ting funds for a ve­hi­cle: cre­a­te a­wa­re­ness, ap­pro­ach all the big fun­ders in to­wn and you mig­ht e­ven ha­ve a new ve­hi­cle in less than two y­e­ars,” said Wil­lem­se, who al­so pled­ged his help.

A po­si­ti­ve for the day was seeing the cash in­jecti­on from S­tree­tS­mart SA, an or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on that rai­ses funds for i­ni­ti­a­ti­ves and pro­gram­mes that sup­port the gre­a­ter pro­cess of so­ci­al nor­ma­li­sa­ti­on of street child­ren, in part­ners­hip with re­stau­rants, boos­ting the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on’s fun­ding.

Si­net­hem­ba de­pu­ty chair Joan Hus­kis­son said, “On be­half of the bo­ard we’d li­ke to thank S­tree­tS­mart SA for tur­ning the funds from too litt­le to just e­nough.”

Re­spon­ding to this was Sue Mills from Bel­vi­de­re Ma­nor, who said, “We’re glad we’re ma­king a dif­fe­ren­ce. Ad­ding R5 on your bill w­hen paying for a me­al is a no­brai­ner. I must say, though, it has be­co­me dif­fi­cult to re­cruit ot­her re­stau­rants af­ter the fi­res.”

* S­mith is ap­pe­a­ling to the pu­blic for as­sis­tan­ce with pro­cu­ring a new ve­hi­cle. If you would li­ke to do that, ple­a­se con­tact him on 044 375 0303 or 072 055 6917.

P­ho­to: N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

Si­net­hem­ba bo­ard mem­bers and staff gat­her du­ring the AGM at the Old Ga­ol Mu­seum on 11 Oc­to­ber.

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