July Newsletter 2020

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1st Aid Training

1st Aid is a programme which is in the hearts of our young ones as they get a chance  to learn about a lot of new concepts when it comes to saving the lives of people. During this pandemic a lot of things have changed however the passion of the 1st Aiders has not diminished the slightest!. Our Child and Youth Care Workers -who are qualified 1st Aiders took the initiative to organize a 1st aid training program for the Children which was well received as they enjoyed the spot checks and practical tasks. 

Whilst we continue on Lock Down mode, our children have put in extra efforts in our Gardens. The boys understand that if they take care of the earth by nourishing it and making it look beautiful, it, in turn will take care of them by providing sustainability from the produce that comes from it. Weeds are the main  reason that plants don’t grow properly and the boys tasked themselves into removing all those unnecessary weeds, clear up and water their plants as well as plant flowers that will make the garden look appealing. 
Arts and Craft

The joy of creating something is one of the most rewarding things ever. Unit 1 junior girls used recycled material to create beautiful crafts during one of the week’s Arts and Crafts session. 5L containers were turned into re-useable dust pans and the use of colour paints made them more cheery and fun to use. 

Mandela Day 2020
This year for Mandela Day, things were a little bit different due to the Pandemic but that did not stop us from honoring one of the greatest men who ever graced this  earth, Our honorable Mr Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela. The Children made a chart of 67 positive attributes provided to them by PCH Staff, as part of their Mandela Day program. What was interesting to see, was that they were reflecting on positive affirmations, development of human values, and some of the core aspects mentioned were Mentorship, Leadership, Responsibility!
Well done to our Child Care Team for keeping up the wonderful standard of child care practice as evident in such programmes!

Mandela Blanket drive 
A huge appreciation also goes out to Shireen Singh, Sunitha Maharaj and the team for the wonderful donation of blankets to all our children. Thank you for keeping us warm during this winter.

Thank you Varsity College-Food Drive
Varity College in Pietermaritzburg under the guidance of Sonya Nursoo responded to the call and did a food drive to assist PCH for Mandela Day 2020. Normally they do a street drive for us, however this year things are different and this was a wonderful way of for them to offer us their continued support.
Seeff Property Group
Seeff Property Group is one of the regular donors at PCH as well as active members that assist with the Mandela Day street collection. This year they donated goods, a meal as well as took part in the Meal 4 Mandela Campaign. Thank you so much Seeff Property group for your dedication to our children.
“Meal for Mandela”
A few days prior to Mandela Day 2020, we put out a new Campaign as we could not continue with our Street Campaign. This Campaign was called “Meal 4 Mandela “where we requested our donors to sponsor a child’s special meal for Mandela day,  with just R67 or alternatively feed as many children as they can. The support was amazing and beyond what we had expected. Our greatest gratitude goes out to all the mentioned below companies that took the initiative in making sure that the campaign was successful.

Seeff Property Group
Blitz Blore and Associates
PNA Accountants

Self Awareness
Each young person picked a name of a fellow mate and said  positive things about that person, this in turn helped build self-esteem, created a sense of belonging to an individual as well as acquiring inspiration in life. This program offered our young people a great way to engage with one another and also created a wonderful sense of making each child feel special about themselves, buiding their levels of worth and self confidence..
Recycling “Our Treasure”
You say waste, we say treasure! Unit 2 junior boys showed that nothing goes to waste, as they got busy making recycled items. They used 1L cartons of milk and turned them into cars, the milk lids were used as wheels, showed off their creativity skills. Well done Boyz…
Wonder bag @ just R50….A Community Chest Initiative!!!
Each Bag costs R50 each!
As part the PMB Community Chest’s 60th Anniversary events, they offered the Charities that they support, an additional opportunity to raise funds, as many of us have struggled our way through the Lock Down period with little fundraising done!
A person is allowed to order up to 2 bags per household
1 order form will be filled indicating that you require 2 bags
All order forms are available at PCH, and must be completed  in FULL and returned with payments prior to us placing the order with the Community Chest Partner.
Likewise there will be a waiting period whilst we order the bags and then distribute to you.

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Its easy: all you have to do is go to any participating BP, Engen or Caltex garage, fill up and notify the attendant of Litres for Education, providing them with our unique number #509 …..and 10c  per litre goes towards PCH. The wonderful thing is that
you DON’T pay an extra cent more.
Just remember to say the next time you are filling up – Litres for Education #509.
Here are the participating garages:
  • BP Moore Road, Engen Boshoff Street, Engen basil Bure Motors, 45th Engen convenience, BP Hillcrest, Engen Bayside, Engen Mitchell park, umhlali farmer services- BP Umhlali, Costwold Energy Centre Caltex waterfall, Nicole Jetkins, BP Westville Auto, BP Richmond Road, BP Quarry Road, BP  De Kuilen, BP La Lucia, BP Raisethorpe, BP Bluff, BP Sibaya, BP Drive in Motors- Ballito, BP fairways on Main- Howick, Caltex Winston park Service Station, Crompton Service Station- Caltex.
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