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Welcome donation for Sally Aucamp Home

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The home for physically disabled people recently received a welcome donation from Women in Mining and Ekapa Mining.

Seen from left are: Bernadean Barends, Carike van Aswegen Pienaar, Ilona Steffen, Angie Kock, Evelyn Brevis (matron, Sally Aucamp), Anneline Botha, Siena Lephoi and Letticia Sterley (secretary, Sally Aucamp). Front: Allen Visagie (resident representative). Picture: Danie van der Lith

SALLY Aucamp Home, situated in Cassandra, Kimberley, is the only adult home for physically disabled people in the Northern Cape and currently cares for 13 physically disabled people.

According to Letticia Sterley, the secretary of Sally Aucamp, the home receives a subsidy from the government for each resident, but this is not enough to run the home and they are dependent on the Kimberley community and the National Lotto Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) for donations and sponsorships to keep their doors open.

“We are very reliant on donations from outside and without those donations, it would not be possible to run this home like it should be run,” says Sterley.

The home recently received a welcome donation from Women in Mining and Ekapa Mining. Women in Mining is a group of women who are employed by Ekapa Mining and who do charity work in the community.

The women decided to get everybody involved and started collecting funds from staff within the Ekapa Mining group to hand over to Sally Aucamp Home.

After speaking to mine management, it was agreed that the mine would match the amount collected by the Women in Mining group. After all the collections were added up, the woman collected R23,000 in total, which were handed over to Sally Aucamp.

Ekapa Mining, in turn, bought groceries, adult nappies, four wheelchair commodes and a fridge for the residents to the value of R23,000.

A new Jetmaster fireplace will also be installed soon, as well as a roof over the braai area where the residents sit.

Carike van Aswegen Pienaar is seen assembling one of the wheelchair commodes. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Ekapa Mining also assisted Sally Aucamp by creating fire breaks around the home to keep the residents safe should a fire break out.

On top of all this, Halsted Kimberley has also committed to donating toilet paper to the home on a monthly basis, while Hardcore Security has come on board and committed to patrolling the area for free to keep the residents safe.

After receiving all the donations, Allen Visagie, a resident representative of Sally Aucamp, thanked everybody who was involved.

“This means the world to us. Thank you for every donation that was given to us today. It shows that people still care about us,” he said.

Sterley invited everybody who is interested to visit the home, chat to the residents, read to them or just spend some time with them. “It means the world to them.”

Anybody who would like to assist Sally Aucamp Home for the Physically Disabled or become involved can contact Letticia Sterley on 083 337 5230 or the matron, Evelyn Brevis, on 072 146 9003.

The Women in Mining ladies are seen with some of the residents from Sally Aucamp. Picture: Danie van der Lith

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