One our employees recently adopted two beautiful dogs from the Animal Welfare and while there he was told how inundated they currently are with animals that no longer have homes due to the financial crunch being experienced by many. They have more animals than ever to take care of and need assistance in almost every area, ranging from additional blankets and food to renovations to animal enclosures. We provided some assistance earlier today, but they really need all the help they can get...
We had our emediaIT Christmas Party for 2008 on the 22nd of December, mainly due to deadlines/pressures on various projects, but in the spirit of the festive season we wanted to give a little back first as well.
We spent the morning before the party down at the Animal Welfare, taking dogs for walks, playing with puppies and delivering some much needed donations in terms of food and other supplies. I love animals, especially dogs and while it was great giving them a bit of excercise and attention, it was really difficult not wanting to take them all home with us. This one in particular...
....since he looks a lot like one of our puppies at home (Junior).
The Animal Welfare takes care of a huge amount of animals and they are all beautiful, loveable and in need of a safe and caring home. If you are thinking of a pet, seriously consider coming here or Save a Pet first as in most cases this is their last chance.
Last year emediaIT assisted Desmond Westenberg with his plans to feed and help the needy during Christmas. This year Desmond took things a step further and organised an incredible day for the 60+ children of the Sinethemba Children's Care Centre in Port Elizabeth.
Sinethemba has been running for many years now and is a home for abandoned street children of all ages. These children literally have nowhere else to go and if it was not for Sinethemba they would most likely not have even survived. Sinethemba provides a caring environment with positive influences and these children now have a chance at life.
emediaIT was fortunate enough to assist and donate once more and with the help of other volunteers, donations from other local companies and friends of Desmond's were able to give the children a day of much needed joy leading up to Christmas. I went down to Sinethemba to drop off some of the educational items emediaIT donated and as soon as I jumped out of the car a little girl...
...jumped into my arms saying "Dada". Desmond organised a jumping castle and each child received a packet of sweets and chocolates, a gift with their name on it from Santa himself (who was boiling in the heat) and then enjoyed a Streetwise Two from KFC. The home was also given some footballs and cricket sets which I am sure will get used a great deal.
It really was difficult to leave, but to see the happiness on the children's faces was really special. We have spoken to Sinethemba about continued assistance, as they are in great need of basic items including food and clothes. I hope that we made a difference to the lives of the children there, albeit for only a day. The sad part is that there are so many other children on the streets and other similar homes which need help as well.
We take so much for granted in our lives and rarely fully understand just how fortunate we are. We have an obligation to assist organisations like Sinethemba. Every little bit counts.
Although Christmas was a little while ago, there were some people that went out of their to help the needy during the festive season. This included Desmond, Teniel Westenberg and their family who with the help of donations from various sources (Including emediaIT), managed to bring some Christmas joy to needy children and their families in the Port Elizabeth area.
Below is an email from Desmond...
On Christmas day we were able to make up food parcels for 78 people consisting of two hotdogs, a chocolate, chips and a cooldrink as well as a can of food.
Even though it was a task to find 78 people on that day as a result of the rain etc after some searching all the food parcels were handed out.
We were also able to donate a large amount of groceries to the Protea Place of Safety for the children there for which they were most grateful.
We also still have money left which will be used to purchase incontinence ‘nappies’ for the elderly at the Nazareth House and furthermore were also able to purchase Childrens T-Shirts which we will be giving to Oosterlig Kinder Huis.
...and some pictures can be seen below. Hopefully next year we can all come together and give even more back to the less fortunate.