It was a joyful moment when the Freemason Charity in Barberton donated R2 000 to
St John’s Care Centre on Thursday.
It was a much-needed donation that came at just the right time.
St John’s Care Centre was established in 1998 and is a residential care facility committed to improving quality of life.
According to Anece Salay from St John’s Care Centre, on Thursday morning they were notified by the Department of Social Development that there was a woman who needed help.
“Her place was closed down immediately because it has to be redone. We offered to take the babies, however, we realised that we do not have baby cots. Some of them were given away to those who needed them. I knew we had to buy new ones. Then this donation happened!
“This is how these places operate; places like St John’s cannot exist without the help of people and it is local groups such as these ones. People come, different farmers help by donating food, and some stores come then say to us you can buy for up to R2 000.
“It is these kind of things that make places like our centre exist. It doesn’t just happen overnight. It is the goodness of people. What I like the most is what I see now most of the assistance we receive is from locals, unlike back when we had to go to different countries overseas.
“Now that people can see the kids trapped in their circumstance, they are offering a helping hand. We have children who have different kind of special needs and if the communities do not help, no one will be able to make this happen.”
According to Martin de Bruyn, a charity steward from Freemason Charity, the group decided to assist the centre because they want to support the local community.
“The money was raised through a charity fund-raiser. We held a competition last year, and the entry fee paid by participants is the money we donated to the centre.”
Source: Freemason – Google Alert (GN)