Mandela Day boost for hearing centre

At the cheque handover for the Carel du Toit Centre, from left, are N1 City marketing manager Ria Venter, Kfm presenter Tracy Lange, Carel du Toit Trust finance manager Louise Eksteen and Carel du Toit Trust spokeswoman Lynn Cloete.

The Carel du Toit Centre, in Parow, which teaches deaf children how to speak, has received a R16 700 donation from N1 City Mall.

The mall presented a cheque to the Carel du Toit Trust, the hearing centre’s fund-raising arm, on Friday July 16, in honour of Mandela Day.

Carel du Toit Trust spokeswoman Lynn Cloete said: “The money will be used for our monthly fuel for our school buses and our audiological needs. While it’s lockdown, and the kids are unable to come to school, the drivers deliver their homework to them as well as deliver food parcels to those in need.”

The centre has been the target of several recent burglaries (“Hearing centre seeks donations after break-ins,” Northern News, July 16).

Ms Cloete said the centre’s needs were endless and kept growing with every new child they helped.

Kfm presenter Tracy Lange, who was at the cheque handover, spent her 67 minutes for Mandela Day wearing sound-blocking headphones so she could experience a day in the life of a deaf person.

She had found it hard to do small tasks, give explanations and understand what others were saying, she said.

Call Lynn Cloete at 060 734 6377 or email comms@careldutoit.co.za for more information.