AFTER seeing the condition some Walmer Township creches were in, a local businesswoman has taken action to get them the help they need.
In 2005 Glenda Brunette, who was running Pick Fruit in Walmer at the time, visited a creche that a child of one of her staff members attended. “She told me the kids slept on the floor. When I saw this I thought something must be done,” Brunette said.
This motivated her to start the Walmer Angels Project, through which she identifies the needs of creches in the township. She then approaches people and businesses for help.
Brunette is desperate for donations of building materials and used items, such as toys and clothes. People are also needed to assist with manual labour.
“We are trying to give these children just the basics, as they don’t have much,” she said.
Brunette, who is well known around Walmer Township and speaks fluent Xhosa, has eight creches under her care. Many of them have received new classrooms in the form of Wendy houses.
Eluvuyweni is next on the list to receive a facelift. With 40 children in one room, the creche is in desperate need of more space. Along with the Wendy house, they will also be getting a sand pit and new fence.
Brunette has also started a soup kitchen in the area which is sponsored by several businesses.
“When I’m asked why I do it, I say when you meet the people, you realise there is so much good in the township. If you can make a difference, why not,” Brunette explained.
Along with materials and second-hand items, the project also needs a trailer to transport such donations.
If you would like to find out more, or are able to assist in any way, contact Glenda on 072-476-1050 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org