Hun­dreds of ac­tiv­ity books do­nated to kids

Cape Times - - METRO - Writer | Staff

KATE Boyes and Mandy Lomberg, founders of the Hero in my Hood series of ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­ity books, have do­nated hun­dreds of their books to the But­ter­fly Art Project.

The NPO helps con­duct art classes in dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties with trau­ma­tised chil­dren. “Chil­dren are pick­ing up on the anx­i­eties of their par­ents. Wor­ried about the health of them­selves and their fam­i­lies… And wor­ry­ing about putting food on the ta­ble. Many chil­dren are scared, inse­cure and trau­ma­tised,” Boyes and Lomberg said in a state­ment.

Hero in my Hood’s ac­tiv­i­ties help al­le­vi­ate the stress and bore­dom of lock­down, they said.

Lomberg and Boyes do­nated 200 books, man­aged to get a fur­ther 310 spon­sored, and would like spon­sor­ship for an­other 390.

“With the sup­port of our art sup­plier and prin­ter, we re­sponded to the pan­demic very quickly by launch­ing this project be­fore schools were forced to close,” But­ter­fly Arts Project’s Zaid Phi­lan­der said.

“Within hours of the launch, 200 chil­dren in Vry­grond were equipped with art ma­te­ri­als and ac­tiv­ity packs. By the end of the first week of April, a fur­ther 200 packs for 600 chil­dren were de­liv­ered to our com­mu­nity art fa­cil­i­ta­tors in Bel­har, West­lake, Bishop Lavis and Laven­der Hill.”

To do­nate, see https://www. back­abuddy.co.za/cham­pion/ project/4000-art-kits

Books can be spon­sored on the

Hero in my Hood web­site: https:// www.hero-in-my-hood.co.za/

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