Funds raised for Ubuntu Baby House

There was no shortage of cuteness at the Parow Centre and Northern News Baby Competition, which ran during March.

This is the ninth year Parow Centre has partnered with Northern News to raise funds for charity through a voluntary donation from parents who entered their little ones into the competition.

This year’s beneficiary was Ubuntu Baby House, in Goodwood, a place of safety for babies who have been given up for adoption. The house received R2 020.

Esley Solomons, marketing manager for Parow Centre, said parents could have pictures of their babies taken at a photo station and enter any of the four categories.

“A panel of judges chose the top 12, and, from here, the public was given an opportunity to vote for their favourite little one. Parow Centre is always happy to run a competition that in some way can benefit charity organisations within our community,” she said.

Ubuntu Baby House cares for 12 babies, but in the 14 years it has been in Goodwood, 588 babies have been cared for.

Naas Vermaak, from Ubuntu Baby House, said the organisation was grateful for the help. He said the money would be used to buy disposable nappies.

The house use about seven nappies for each baby daily – a total of 84 every day.

“We are grateful for the R2020 we received. It means a lot to us,” he said.

Northern News editor Chantel Erfort congratulated the parents of the children who had received the most votes, saying it was not only their children who were winners, but also those at Ubuntu Baby House. “I’m thrilled that once again we’ve been able to help raise funds for such a worthy cause,” she said.