Caring for the mentally challenged and the children

Central Gauteng Mental Health Society, in partnership with Insimbi Group Companies, spent their 67 minutes for Mandela, visiting two stimulation centres in Katlehong - Mavis Stimulation Centre and Lindokuhle Stimulation Centre on August 3.

They used the day, Friday, August 3, to celebrate Women’s Day.

These are daycare centres and provide relief to mentally challenged patients and children.

They also distribute food parcels to people with disabilities.

Mabatho Masoga, the founder of Central Gauteng Mental Health Society, said their desire was to do something for the underprivileged children in the township, “just like Mandela did”.

“At the same time we want to honour hardworking women such as Mavis Mathye (Mavis Stimulation Centre) and Eunice Gatebe (Lindokuhle Stimulation Centre) who are doing an excellent job in taking care of children with disability,” said Masoga.

“We have seen many cases where children with disabilities are neglected and abandoned by close people to them only to get love from people like Mathye and Gatebe,” Masoga said.

She added: “We have been working very closely with people like Mathye and Gatbe to find placement for these children – who have no one willing to foster them. I would like to call upon people from the community, who are willing to foster such children, to call 011909 0152.”

Joseph Ramokonopi, logistics manager at Insimbi Group Companies, said they felt a need to reach out to the community as most of their employees come from the same community.

“We also wanted to show gratitude and build a better South Africa for those who can’t do things for themselves. At the same time we want to introduce our company to the community as our customers so that they know that what they spend on us we share it with needy people of the community,” said Ramokonopi.

Mathye Mavis Stimulation Centre manager said she was excited about the gifts.

“I am very happy. They did more than I expected. I wish they can do the same to other people who need similar help as we do. This encourages me to do even more as I have noticed that people out there are noticing the good work that I do for the community,” said Mathye.

She added that she is not expecting to be paid for the good job that she is doing for the community, but instead she is doing it out of love for such children.

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Aaron Damane

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