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Apr 25, 2023

Several Bestmed employees, also known as Heartbeats, gave generously to support Leratong Early Learning Centre in Soshanguve. They donated items that will help to improve the quality of education and daily operations of the crèche. Three vehicles full of items were handed over. Donated items included books, toys, stationery, toilet paper and sweets.

The crèche was founded by Molebatsi Ellen Hlongwane, a qualified grade R teacher, who currently cares for 35 children, along with four employees, in her three-bedroom home. 

She was inspired to open a Disability Centre in 2015 after encountering numerous challenges in finding suitable assistance and support for her son, who has cerebral palsy, in an underprivileged area that lacks resources for and knowledge about caring for children with disabilities. Unfortunately, the centre experienced devastating financial strain during the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the closure of the Disability Centre. 

Ms Hlongwane now focuses on the development of the crèche, which relies on the low school fees charged to pay for food, as well as reading and teaching material for children between three and six years old.

Donations are always welcome. The crèche’s wish list is as follows:

  • Stationery
  • Toys
  • Sports equipment (soccer ball, netball ball, rugby ball, cricket and/or hockey equipment)
  • Food (long-life and non-perishable items such as long-life milk, pap, sugar, tea, tinned food, rice etc.)
  • Blankets (for sleep time)
  • Children’s books
  • Children’s clothing
  • Shoes (children’s shoes)
  • Colouring books
  • Paint (suitable for children) and paintbrushes
  • Playdough

Should you be interested in donating to this worthy cause, please contact Karen Cooper via email at karen.cooper@bestmed.co.za.

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