KwaZulu-Natal SED team donates Spirit of Ubuntu Award prize

The SED team members from KwaZulu-Natal were the proud winners of the Avis Fleet Spirit of Ubuntu Award at our annual awards evening in November 2017. Team members received a prize of R3 000 which they unanimously decided would be best used to revamp the vegetable tunnel at St Monica’s Children’s Home, an initiative that is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal team.

St Monica’s Child and Youth Care Centre

This home and youth care centre is situated on the Bluff in Durban and is a non-governmental institution caring for orphaned and vulnerable children. The institution aims to provide a safe environment for children through residential care and developmental programmes with the goal of eventual reunification with their families and/or communities.

St Monica’s vision statement declares: “Through its human and material resources, St Monica's Children's Home strives to create, within children, beauty and strength. Through love and care, inner healing is to take place enabling children to reach their full potential.”

Eco-tunnel and vegetable garden

The prize money was used to renovate an eco-tunnel at the home that was damaged by storms in the area. The team, headed by Deidre Sutherland, installed a new eco-tunnel earlier in the year and noticed the damaged one. The team also cleared the beds of weeds and planted a variety of seedlings. Packets of seeds and various garden equipment were also donated to the home so it would have the means to maintain the eco-tunnels and vegetable garden. Members of the management at St Monica’s were very grateful for this assistance. They pledged to get the children at the home involved in the future maintenance and planning of this project. This will go a long way to promoting a more sustainable future for the home.

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