On Friday 22 January 2016, children and staff members from Medi Care Creche in Clarens were all jubilant after a generous donation of equpment and educational toys from Golden Gate Highlands National Park(GGHNP).
Although the items are not brand new, they had been lying in the Park unused for some and donating it to a worthy institution seemed like the best idea. Soccer balls, dolls, bicycles and writing board slates are some of the items that were donated to the Creche.
The creche has 38 children (between the ages of 08 months and 5 years) and four educator and was launched in 2008 and caters for the children from the surrounding farms and Fouriesburg. Since its inception they have been struggling to get some of the basic equipment to use for the children’s learning and development.Golden Gate has been on a mission to live out the organisation’s vision of “A sustainable National Park System connecting society” and grabs any opportunity available to give back to the community, so far education seems to be the main beneficiary. In the past the Park donated school shoes to the children in the neighbouring schools.
Victor Mokoena, Acting Park Manager of GGHNP, said the donation was one of the many projects that SANParks gets involved in to assist the communities adjacent to the Parks, ‘We are very proud to see all these happy smiles here today and we hope we could do more to see every child in our community this happy” he said.Managing Director of the Creche, Meisie Khumalo was ecstatic at the donation “we are very grateful to SANParks for all they have given us, we hope it will really have a positive impact on our children.”
In December 2015 as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility project, the organisation handed a fully fledged science laboratory to a school in Clarens.
Issued by: Issued by SANParks Northern RegionDivhani Maremba, Northern Region Communications Manager. Tel: 012 426 5304,Cell: 074 588 5789 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org