Christmas fun with the Philippi Children’s Centre
Recently, the Cableway management team adopted the Philippi Children’s Centre as its dedicated charity to assist and nurture over the next year. The partnership kicked off with a bang by the team hosting a Christmas party for 260 kids – what fun!
The Philippi Children’s Centre takes care of 260 young ones between four months and six years old from Mitchells Plain, Philippi, and the Samora Machel informal settlement. The crèche and pre-school follow an early childhood development curriculum, also introducing aspects of the Montessori system of education.
Principal Sweleni Ntuli explains that although the school requires a small fee for kids to attend and use the bus service, many families can’t afford it. “We will never send a child away. We want the families to become part of the school, but if they can’t pay, I will always bring the children in and try to find a sponsor for them.”
Ntuli adds that the school doesn’t only perform the vital function of being an early childhood development provider, but for many kids it is also their only source of food for the day. The centre serves porridge every morning for breakfast, a cooked meal for lunch and an afternoon snack. Mindful of the importance of nutritious meals, the centre has also converted a patch of lawn into a vegetable garden with plans to expand it in the future.
As a collective, the Cableway management team decided to partner with the Philippi Children’s Centre to help the school continue with its great work. Cableway ticket office manager Tania Geldenhuys says the team chose to focus on the centre after examining many different projects.
“The incentive and reason behind doing this is that, as the leadership team, we felt we needed to give back to society. Many of these kids have never opened a Christmas present, and haven’t really celebrated a birthday,” says Neeren Chetty, Cableway assistant food and beverage manager.
The first step in the partnership was to hold a big Christmas party for the kids and staff, involving three jumping castles, presents, boerewors rolls, cake and face painting.
“We’re looking at future projects to renovate parts of the school and to upgrade the learning environment,” says Geldenhuys. “The children are very excited, and so are we.”
We’re so proud of the management team’s mission and we can’t wait to see our relationship with the Philippi Children’s Centre grow.