UBUNTU Community Chest thanked its top donors for their ongoing support at the annual Top Donor Breakfast at Coastlands Hotel last Thursday.
Speaking at the event, director, Gordon McDonald, said the breakfast was a modest way of acknowledging support from donors who help the Chest do its invaluable work in the community.
“Funding is required to help those in need in the community and we would achieve little without our donors’ help,” he said.
Njabulo Mabaso, who runs an organisation in Umlazi to help people with special needs, addressed those present about the work he does in the community to include people with learning disabilities in local mainstream schools.
“We approached Community Chest to assist us financially and we are grateful to have them on board. They have helped us as an organisation to function and get our name out there,” said Mabaso, who represented South Africa in the US last year at the UN Convention on the Rights for People with Disabilities.
Inben Moodley, chairman of Community Chest, said it was hard to find a way to say thank you to people who have such big hearts.
“Humanity is not about race, colour, creed or religion. There are great people in the room who care for one another, it is not about money. People here today are unselfish, their contribution could’ve been used to enhance their lifestyle but they chose to channel it to better the lives of people in need in the community. I thank you, as the donations make such a difference,” he said.
Moodley said the Chest had had a good yea, with a total of R10 million distributed to around 85 registered NPOs in the community, along with R2 million in kind from retailers and donor gifts of R500 000. He said R10.8 million had been approved for this year. He mentioned the Chest had created an emergency fund last year, and was able to distribute R50 000 to a home for the disabled, as well as R50 000 to help rebuild Edith Benson Babies Home.
Donors and trusts were received a framed token of appreciation from the Chest for their ongoing contributions.