Child Welfare FS surprised by R50 000 donation from SPAR

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The team from Child Welfare Free State expressed their gratitude after receiving a surprise donation to the value of R50 000 from SPAR. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The SPAR OFM Carols by Candlelight initiative will not take place this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions, however, SPAR took it upon themselves to still surprise Child Welfare in the Free State with a much needed donation of R50 000.

The surprise announcement of the R50 000 donation was made Monday morning, 16 November 2020 by OFM presenter Shandor Potgieter on the OFM Breakfast Show and on air with him was Lize du Plooy, Sustainability Manager at Child Welfare, Free State, and Pieter van Vuuren, SPAR Inland Advertising and Promotions Manager.

Du Plooy, who was unaware of the donation, was thrilled when Van Vuuren announced the donation on air. She said it is truly heart-warming that so many people and businesses have opened their hearts.  “The annual SPAR OFM Carols by Candlelight is a highlight for the children! So many children do not get Christmas gifts. We are grateful for every donation that assists needy families,” Du Plooy said. She added that during these trying times one should not expect charity but they remain grateful for goodwill.

Van Vuuren explained that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the annual event would not take place this year. “It has been an incredibly tough year for all of us, which must drastically impact organisations like Child Welfare. We hope that our donation will assist them in providing the children with a joyful Christmas,” he said.

According to a statement by SPAR, Child Welfare South Africa promotes, protects and enhances the safety, wellbeing and healthy development of children. The umbrella body collectively reaches about 2 million children, their families and caregivers.

The donation would not have been possible if it had not been for the team from Central Media Group’s involvement. Nick Efstathiou, CEO of Central Media Group, said it is important to support charitable organisations, as they need it more than ever.

“Charitable organisations do amazing work in our communities. At a time like this, we must continue to support their initiatives, as they need it more now than ever and we need to be leading our communities into better days,” said Efstathiou.

Child Welfare Free State has established a drop-off point at the office in Bloemfontein for Christmas gifts and donations for the children. Currently, there is a great need for food, stationery and school clothing among the children Child Welfare serves.

Heidre Malgas

heidre@mahareng.co.za