Kind hearts help fix up cen­tre

The Rep - - NEWS -

THE Queens Ho­tel and Casino, as part of its on­go­ing com­mit­ment to­wards sup­port­ing lo­cal up­lift­ment projects that ad­dress the ba­sic needs within the com­mu­nity, re­cently teamed up with Mica Hard­ware to give the Child Wel­fare Cen­tre in Ko­mani a much-needed facelift.

The Rep re­cently re­ported (“Cash cri­sis” March 24 ) on the dire sit­u­a­tion at the cen­tre, where the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tions of the build­ing were mak­ing work dif­fi­cult for staff.

Ris­ing damp and rot­ting floors are among some of the chal­lenges faced by the cash-strapped body, which is mainly de­pen­dent on gov­ern­ment grants and do­na­tions from the pub­lic.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the build­ing has not been main­tained for many years, re­sult­ing in ris­ing damp, peel­ing walls, holes in the wooden floors and gen­eral dis­re­pair. We felt that if we could do some­thing to im­prove the sur­round­ings, we could re-es­tab­lish a hap­pier, more pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment,” Queens Ho­tel and Casino mar­ket­ing man­ager Daniela Grimm said this week.

The casino made an ap­peal to the pub­lic to help in the project, and Mica showed its will­ing­ness, spon­sor­ing some of the ma­te­ri­als and paint.

The Queens Ho­tel and Casino ren­o­va­tion team has al­ready started on the re­fur­bish­ment and the in-house painter is cur­rently work­ing hard to trans­form the in­te­rior with new, vi­brant colour.

Work in the bath­room is also com­plete, Grimm said.

She said the cen­tre would re­main an on­go­ing project, but more as­sis­tance would be needed from the pub­lic to com­plete ad­di­tional re­pairs needed.

If you are in­ter­ested in as­sist­ing, or for in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Grimm on (045) 807-9702 or at sav daniela.grimm@ tso­go­

RE­PAIRS NEEDED: The pas­sage at the Owen Street Child Wel­fare Cen­tre, which is be­ing re­vamped by WG Mica and the Queens Ho­tel and Casino

Pic­ture: SI­MON MOR­RIS

AERIAL AC­CESS: The com­pleted he­li­pad at Fron­tier Hos­pi­tal in Ko­mani, part of a ma­jor up­grade of the fa­cil­ity

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