It was a proud moment when we handed over a R1.5m cheque to the Abraham Kriel Childcare, in Paarlshoop, on the 28th of June 2007 as part of the Steinhoff Africa Extended Family Programme.
To see the looks on the faces of the people who know the difference a donation such as this would make to the charity and to see the children running around, laughing, having fun and being treated to snacks and gifts was wonderful indeed.
Steinhoff Africa, with the help of Abraham Kriel Childcare, cares for more than 200 children (orphaned by AIDS) and 80 adults around the city. The children remain in their relatives’ home. Steinhoff Africa, through Abraham Kriel Childcare provides holistic support interalia: schooling, counseling, nutritional and health care is provided to the children and helps bring stability to their lives.
It is an important part of countering the devastating effect that AIDS has on our country.
It was a cold, wintry day outside, but inside the large hall, it was festive cheer and warm smiles all round. We provided clowns, face-painters, hotdogs, cooler bags filled with sweets as well as a warm scarf for the children and meals for the attending adults. Blankets were spread on the floor, casting the whole occasion with a warm, relaxed feel, just what you’d have in mind if you pictured an extended family.
George Le Roux, Chairman of the Abraham Kriel Childcare, who gave a thank you speech likened Steinhoff Africa to the sun that comes out to clear some of the mist of poverty. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of all in Steinhoff Africa.
Thank you! You have made a difference. Our appreciation also goes out to all the people who were involved in making the day a great success.