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Eskom donation boosts support for children with autism
Wednesday, 10 May 2017: Eskom has donated funds raised through its annual Charity Golf Day to two schools for children with special educational needs in Tshwane and Johannesburg. This year’s Charity Golf Day, which was held in March 2017 at Glendower Golf Club in Ekurhuleni, was attended and sponsored by various companies. The event is one of Eskom’s initiatives aimed at giving a helping hand to communities and social organisations.
Centurion-based Little Leaps School for Autism and C.A.R.E (Centre for Autism Research and Education) which is based in Orange Grove, Johannesburg both cater for children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The schools received a donation of R100 000 each - all proceeds of the Charity Golf Day. The Eskom Foundation also donated an additional R50 000 to each school, over and above the funds raised through the event.
Little Leaps School was established in 2006 and it caters to the specific and individual needs of learners diagnosed with any developmental delays. The school has four classes with children ranging between the ages of two and eight years. They offer on-site occupational, speech and language therapy and each child is offered the opportunity to develop to their full potential in a secure and multifaceted environment. Amongst other improvements, they plan to use the donation to build a sensory wall for the children.
C.A.R.E. was founded in 2011 and it is registered with the Department of Basic Education as an independent school. The school focuses on therapy and learning with emphasis on early intervention and functional skills using an adapted version of the national pre-school curriculum. They cater to learners between the ages of 18 months and 12 years. They will use the funds to sponsor some of the children whose parents cannot afford school fees for a year.
These donations form part of Eskom’s commitment to bringing about meaningful and sustainable development within South Africa’s communities. Eskom supports the continued efforts to improve our country’s education system and endeavours to create an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning in schools.
“As Eskom, we are more than just an electricity supplier and through such donations, we aim to bring about positive change and growth and ensure that every child, regardless of their circumstances, receives the education they deserve as set out in our Constitution,” says Cecil Ramonotsi, the Eskom Development Foundation’s acting Chief Executive Officer.
These donations would not have been possible without the support of the Charity Golf day sponsors: Actom, Babcock Nthuthuko International, Blue Turtle Technologies, Bytes Universal Technologies, Huawei, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Glendower Golf Club, Global Interface, Grounded Media, Liketh Investment, Mustek, Murray and Roberts Power and Energy, Oracle, Sithabile Technology Services, Telkom Business Connexion, Ulysse Investment, Venue Security, ZenOne Productions (Pty) Limited, Bashumi Moshumi Consultants, Indaba Hotel and Spa, The Media Shop, Mindworx, Modanso Entertainment and Objectiv.