PGP con­tin­ues shar­ing the joy of giv­ing

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

STAFF AND clients of Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties’ norther n sub­urbs re­gion opened their hearts be­fore the fes­tive sea­son, as part of the com­pany’s Joy of Giv­ing cam­paign.

The ex­tended cor­po­rate so­cial in­vest­ment cam­paign urges PGP agents and staff to iden­tify wor­thy causes in their ar­eas which are in need of com­mu­nity sup­port.

Agents make per­sonal do­na­tions to th­ese causes, and rally friends, fam­ily mem­bers, clients and other lo­cal busi­nesses to do the same. More than 8 500 fa­cil­i­ties have al­ready ben­e­fited from the cam­paign coun­try­wide.

PGP’s area man­ager for the north­ern sub­urbs, Mau­reen Nel, says her agents chose to col­lect items for two lo­cal in­sti­tu­tions of­fer­ing sup­port and care to some of the com­mu­nity’s most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren. More than 100 boxes were filled with items on their wish-lists, in­clud­ing cloth­ing, toys, sta­tionery and clean­ing equip­ment.

The first ben­e­fi­ciary was the Alta du Toit School in Kuils River. The school of­fers tu­ition to chil­dren with se­vere in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties, and draws learn­ers from a va­ri­ety of cul­tural back­grounds. Nel says th­ese are chil­dren who can nei­ther cope with nor ben­e­fit from main­stream ed­u­ca­tion. They need spe­cial­ist pro­fes­sion­als who can help them reach their full po­ten­tial, in a car­ing and nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“Th­ese ded­i­cated teach­ers work with the chil­dren at their own pace, and help them progress as far as pos­si­ble ac­cord­ing to their abil­i­ties. They are en­cour­aged to be­come as in­de­pen­dent as pos­si­ble, so they can func­tion as self-sup­port­ing adults who can read­ily en­gage in their com­mu­ni­ties.”

The sec­ond ben­e­fi­ciary of the cam­paign was the House of Them­biso in Lange­berg Heights – a place of safety for ba­bies from birth to 12 months.

The res­i­dence caters for spe­cial needs ba­bies, such as those who are HIV pos­i­tive or have phys­i­cal or men­tal dis­abil­i­ties. Since 2007, the fa­cil­ity has nur­tured more than 40 ba­bies.

Nel says the chil­dren are cared for un­til they are healthy enough to be placed with suit­able adop­tive or foster par­ents.

Call the Alta du Toit School on 021 903 4178, and the House of Them­biso on 021 988 9567.

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