CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31 MARCH 2019

THE KWAZULU-NATAL CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31 MARCH 2019

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.

Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Michael Jordan

This is the attitude of the whole committee; none of us are great basketball players but we all have a can-do mentality. It gives me great pleasure to present to you my annual report for the year ending 31st March 2019.

As always, I wish to express my gratitude to my fellow Committee members and, in particular, I would like to acknowledge outgoing members Colleen Bailey and Lindi Ngubane. We will miss you both and we appreciate all you have done for the Association.

We have been experiencing the effects of the economic downturn for a while. We monitored this monthly but the trend was downward for most of the year. Ina Borstlap keeps very tight control of the expenses, so these were contained, but the income continued to drop. For this reason, we approached parents who have children and adult dependents at CREST and CWAC. We are very grateful that they agreed to a further increase in monthly fees. We have always subsidised monthly fees and will continue to do so for those who are financially constrained. Sadly, Pietermaritzburg CP closed their doors in January 2019 and we have resolved that we would do our best to remain open.

While cash donations are few and far between, it is heart-warming to see that many people and companies are prepared to devote their time and energy in to improving the quality of life of the disabled.

Some of the events that have taken place this last year are:

  • Valentine’s day Dance at the Centres
  • Water Therapy lessons were implemented for the Blue group.
  • Ferndale Girl Guides did their 67 minutes Mandela day community give back by washing the Association’s vehicles.
  • Woolworths DC continue to visit the children and do odd jobs around the building
  • Easter egg hunts and Christmas Concert.
  • 2nd Year UKZN Physiotherapy students were hosted at the Centre for their practical experience.
  • Paula van Eeden was interviewed on Radio Al Ansaar.
  • All the children went on an outing to Ushaka Marine World.
  • Robin Hood Foundation visited Reunion and hosted a Fun day.
  • R250,000 worth of refurbishment in the form of tarring and awnings were donated to Reunion School.
  • Shafters Golfers again donated the proceeds of their day to us.
  • Dr Keshave participated in the Amashova and raised R20,000.
  • We were nominated by one of our Donors as the Charity of choice at the Umhlanga Women’s Achievers Association in September. Numerous grocery items were received from their members for the Centres.
  • Durban Christian Centre School donated toys and treats for our children at the centres and provided the ingredients for a cooked meal at Reunion School in December.
  • We sadly said goodbye to Sharon and Paul Burdett who immigrated to the UK.
  • We introduced long service awards which was long overdue. We have many staff that have been dedicated to their work and it is only right that this is recognised.

Every year I am amazed at the hundreds of people I should be thanking, a simple thank you just does not seem to be enough. Once again a huge THANK YOU to all our donors and volunteers, as well as to our wonderful staff led by Ina. To all of those who contribute in any way to our association – you help alleviate the difficulties experienced by all who are affected by cerebral palsy and for this we thank you. The year ahead will be challenging but our total commitment and love for the people and children we serve will continue to inspire us. Know that we are doing everything in our power to keep this organisation alive.

PENNY DE VRIES

CHAIRPERSON

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