Saturday, July 11, 2015


AFRIVENCE and plans to fund raise for Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town has moved along smoothly with all authorisations, and secure donor’s site set up completed through the GivenGain Foundation, thanks also to the assistance of Ronnis Daniels and colleague, the media and marketing liaison for Carel du Toit Centre, Cape Town, South Africa. The official launch and completion dates for my fund raising have been concluded and are set from 1 August 2015 and to end 31 July 2016 even though donations can now be made with immediate effect.

In this particular blog, I would like to bring to attention some background of the Carel du Toit Centre, Cape Town and what they stand for and do.

The Carel du Toit Centre, Cape Town is the only facility of its kind in the Western Cape to offer deaf children an all-encompassing, structured pre-primary school environment with an early intervention programme and foundation phase. Since established in 1973, the Centre’s belief is that deaf children can learn to speak if a hearing impairment is detected early and there are no other complications.

The objective is for deaf children to become intellectually, socially and emotionally prepared for integration into a society of hearing people. From as early as two months of age when hearing loss is confirmed, the Centre enrols the family into a parent guidance programme where early intervention is undertaken to engage, encourage and empower parents to be a partner in teaching the deaf child to speak.

Fundraising is vital for the Centre’s services to be maintained and the Carel du Toit Trust is dependent on donations and sponsorship of goods to continue serving the needs of deaf children and thus minimise operational costs.

Supportive specialists and therapists such as audiologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, assist children to overcome various challenges and work closely with the teachers to facilitate progress in speech-language acquisition. Not all learners’ families are able to afford the financial costs of hearing technology, specialised schooling and therapeutic support and as with all school facilities; there are administration costs and building structures that also need maintenance.

The Carel du Toit Trust was established in 1988 to raise funds to financially support the Centre and supplement government funding. As a non-profit organisation, the Trust relies on the generosity of publics and corporates to raise the funds necessary to enable the Centre to operate optimally and ensure sustainability for future generations of deaf children. At the Centre, children’s fees are payable according to the family’s income and so there is an enormous need for donations and sponsorships for the Carel du Toit Centre to continue its effective work in teaching deaf children to speak.

Funding needs include:
School Fees and Transport Costs
Hearing Aid Consumables
Technological Repairs for Hearing Devices
Therapy Costs – Audiology, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
School Maintenance Costs

Should you wish to become involved and would like to make a donation, big or small (every cent helps!) the process is easy and secure as well as there are different ways to do so. All donations are paid and administered through the secure GivenGain Foundation online payment facility and are transfered directly into the Carel du Toit Centre's Trust account with your reference.

You can -

Click on the red “DONATE” icon on this page to be directed to the GivenGain Foundation secure payment site for donors and make your donations here. (Payments can be made from anywhere in the world and all that is needed is for you to select your currency that you pay in.)


Click on the “GIVENGAIN” icon on this page to be directed to the AFRIVENCE Activist page and click on the red “DONATE” button to be directed to the GivenGain Foundation secure payment site for donors and whereby donations can be made and concluded here.

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