Apart from the work we do with our awesome clients and partners, CN&CO is also involved in a number of projects and organisations that make a big difference in the lives of many people.
Over the next few weeks we will share some of these with you and invite you to join us in uplifting the individuals and communities involved in these projects. This week we share the story of the Dullstroom Epilepsy Centre.
We came to know the Dullstroom Epilepsy Centre through our good friends Stephen and Bryan, who own a fabulous restaurant in the town called Mrs Simpson’s. Many CN&CO friends are regular visitors to the restaurant and know it well – especially Bryan’s prawn curry!
When they’re not working in the restaurant, Stephen and Bryan are are very involved in the epilepsy centre, providing help in the form of fundraising and food parcels, as well as visiting the centre’s 80 permanent residents on a regular basis.
“It’s a government facility that relies on disability grants for its survival,” says Stephen. “This income – when it comes in – is enough to cover the running of the centre, but there is still so much more that’s needed.
“We’re fortunate to have regular donors for items such as toilet paper, soap, washing powder and detergents, as well as a group of people in the village called Helping Hands who assist with donations for non-medicinal medical supplies, meat and fresh produce. But there are always shortfalls, and any additional funding is welcome.
“Individuals and companies (like CN&CO) contribute to our ‘Epilepsy Friends’ account, which helps us to buy toiletries and treats for residents – like birthday presents and special meals and gifts at Christmas (as pictured above), Easter, etc. We are also always on the lookout for educational toys, wheelchairs and other mobility aids, furniture… basically anything that can add to the quality of life of the residents.
“We are also exceptionally grateful to the CN&CO team for their regular visits to the village and for making time to spend with the residents of the Epilepsy Centre.”
If you would like to find out more, contact Stephen on 013 254 0088.
Donations can be made to Epilepsy Friends, FNB savings account number 62534720158, branch code 250655.