Reddam House gives back to the community

Gavin Budd, the executive head of Reddam House, and George Bezuidenhout, an elected member of the community, with the teachers and pupils of Twinkle Little Stars nursery school in Chris Nissen Village.

Earlier this year, Reddam House hosted a twilight food market as a fundraising initiative for the community.

The market, organised by a group of parents, raised R120 000 for local charities.

The school motto is “We Shall Give Back”.

Four local charities were identified and during the course of the year these charities have been supported in one way or another.

Two cheques of R30 000 were handed over at a special assembly to the Helderberg Child Abuse Centre (PATCH) and the Disability Action Group Strand (DAGS).

DAGS addresses the development needs and advocacy issues on matters pertaining to people with disabilities.

PATCH also had the opportunity to be part of the market, selling coffee and waffles, and also to raise awareness around the work they do in the community, supporting victims of sexual abuse.

A further R45 000 was used to build and install a jungle gym at Solomon Qatyana Primary School in Asanda Village.

The jungle gym is made out of recycled plastic so little maintenance is required.

The remaining R15 000 was used to give a facelift to Twinkle Little Stars nursery school in Chris Nissen Village.

A number of books were also purchased from the Helderberg Animal Rescue Team (HART) for the Chris Nissen Village library.

Reddam House extended its thanks to the community members who supported the market, and to the Reddam House parent organising committee whose hard work ensured the success of the event; Laura Norton, chairperson; Emma Pardoe, treasurer; and Heidi Gouws, community work convenor.