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The disabled children of Mthimkhulu Stimulation Centre in Meadowlands should be a whole lot warmer after they received hand knitted winter clothing.
IT was the season of giving at Mthimkhulu Stimulation Centre in Meadowlands, when Absa Bank donated winter clothes for the children.


Annemarie and LeahGood Samaritans: Leah Kunene and Annenarie MostertDisabled children at the centre were visibly thrilled as volunteers distributed colourful woollen scarves, beanies and jerseys. Blankets, teddy bears and colouring books were also donated.

The winter garments were handmade by a group of senior citizens who meet every Thursday to knit for the needy.

“Absa employees donate wool and a group of retired woman from Roosevelt Park’s Rose Village knit hundreds of winter woollies every year. The knitwear is then handed to Sesego Cares, which distributes it among charities that care for needy children,” said Annemarie Mostert, the national co-ordinator of Sesego Cares, a charitable arm of Absa.

The donations were handed over in Meadowlands, Soweto on 31 May. Mthimkhulu Stimulations Centre, which was established in 1999, is a crèche and day care that caters for disabled children between the ages of three and 15.

It was founded by Leah Kunene, the mother of a 21-year-old disabled child. “I was worried about my child, because there was no day care for disabled children in the area, so I decided to open the centre to help other parents who had the same problem as mine,” said Kunene.

Kunene voiced words of gratitude to the donors. “We are grateful for this generous humanitarian gesture that will make a tremendous difference in the lives of the children,” she said.

Pretty Masindi has been a caregiver at the centre since 2006 and she enjoys her career. “Although it is a very challenging job, I love it because I love children,” she said. “As caregivers we end up knowing these kids more than their parents, so we become caregivers to children and counsellors to their parents because we [understand] these kids’ ways of communicating because we spend a lot of time with them.”

The centre is home during the day to 28 disabled children and has five professional caregivers.

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