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Creche benefits from businessman's generosity

by Nurene Jassiem
11 Jul 2006
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

An Athlone businessman has donated R3 000 to the Hazendal Nursery School as a gesture of supporting the community that has been supporting him.


"We want to create an atmosphere of giving in the community. We sell cars to people from disadvantaged communities who would otherwise not be able to afford vehicle financing, and this is our way of saying thank you," says Niyaaz Jainoodien, director of Velocity Cars.

Charlotte Tabisher, principal of the school and ward councillor for Ward 49, says the school is very grateful for the donation as it is always in need of funding. When People's Post arrived at the school on Friday, 7 July, teachers were getting ready to serve plates of delicious carrot stew to the children, made with ingredients donated by Jainoodien.
Tabisher says this a difficult time for the creche as many of the children who have older siblings stay at home during the school holidays.

"We are very grateful to this man for what is doing. We only charge R50 per child per week, and with all those children staying at home, our income is less. There are also children who cannot afford to pay the fees and I feel it would be wrong for us to send these children home," says Tabisher.

"The school was broken into last Monday and a fax machine, telephone and money were stolen. I have a jar with loose change that we save up throughout the year so we can give the children a year-end party, and this jar was stolen out of my office along with a second-hand fax machine that I still need to pay for," Tabisher says.

The thieves also took girls' school-gyms that had been donated to Tabisher. The gyms were to be handed out at a school in the area. Despite the setback, Tabisher is confident that her school will continue to flourish. "It is thanks to good-hearted local businessmen like Niyaaz that we can give our children warm food every day. We will never give up on the children," she adds.

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