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Merry Christmas

To all our friends…

We wish YOU a Merry Christmas and loads of happiness, joy and good health for 2019.

Thank you to each volunteer, sponsor, funder, partner and friend.  You made a difference in the lives of persons with disabilites.

Blessings to all,

from the Management, Staff and beneficiaries of Breede Valley APD

Please note that our offices will be closed from 21 December 2018 – 7 January 2019.

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Engen Oil supports our Laundry!

There are now words to describe how thankful we are for this big Christmas box!

Thank you, Engen.

From the Persons with Disabilities employed in our Laundry.

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Petroleum Giant Empowers Persons with Disabilities

We received a R2 229 500 donation from Engen Petroleum.

This donation was handed over on 29 March 2017 and its sole purpose is to generate income initiatives for perosns with disabilities.  Louine Griessel, CEO says:  “Engen’s investment will not only have an impact on the beneficiaries, but will also have a far-reaching impact on their families and the community of the Breede Valley.  We are grateful to Engen for assisting us in empowering persons with disabilities to improve their socio-economic future.”

Engen’s donation will assist us with our specific programmes created for persons with disabilities.  These include hospitality training, arts & crafts, a recycling plant and a laundromat.  With the skills acquired here the youth and adults with disabilities will be able to enter the work place and be sure about a future for them.

Ruslan Islahudin, Engen’s Head of Corporate Strategy and Communications concludes:  “As a company we are committed to community involvement and social upliftment.  In supporting APD we hope to create a society where persons with disabilities can share access to every sphere of educational, work and social life so that together we can forge a future that is inclusive of all people”

A year later, we are proud to share that due to Engen Petroleum’s donation, our recycling plant has moved to a bigger premises in the industrial area and employing more persons with disabilities from Zwelethemba.  The laundromat’s production is running fluently with the new equipment, as well as the hospitality programme now being self-sufficient.

 

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Mayoral Golf Day!

Pool Transport and the Mayoral office held their annual golf day Friday, 17 November 2017.  Our Rise & Shine Special Day Care Centre was one of the many beneficiaries!

The day was beautiful and the evening was memorable.

Thank you to Mayor Antoinette Steyn, Pool Transport and the ladies behind the scenes, YOU are AWESOME!!

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Recycling making headlines!

APD, Pure Boland Market join forces for recycling

The Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and Pure Boland Market recently joined Forces to boost recycling in Worcester.

With a new recycling project that APD started at the market, they not only hope to generate extra income for the organisation but also to inform people about their recycling division, and recycling in general.

“It’s not only about the amount of money we make. We’re also planting a seed,” says Deonie Basson, marketing manager at Breede Valley APD. They use their stall at the market to tell people about the 18 jobs which the project creates for people with physical and intellectual impairments, and mental health patients. These people process waste material, which is then sold to larger recycling companies. The income generated in this way, supplements their monthly social grants.

The project at the market entails APD-branded bins in which visitors can place recyclable waste. Visitors can also bring along recyclable materials from home.

Tharina Jonker, founder and owner of Pure Boland Market, says re-use and recycling have long been a part of many exhibitors’ approach, and she wanted to strengthen this culture.

“There are quite a few stalls that sell upcycled products such as glasses made from used bottles, gift bags made from old magazines and the wooden toy trucks from off-cut wood only. We have one trader who uses old flour and sugar bags to create carry bags for customers who buy from her. There are used bottles for milk, ginger beer and lemonade, and the craft beer stall takes in their own bottles for re-use.

“My long-term plan is to convince traders that it’s good to do away with plastic and polystyrene packaging. I will like to create a culture where everyone who visits our market helps to keep the impact on the environment as small as possible. I invited APD to join us as part of this plan and hope that we’ll reap the rewards soon.”

* Breede Valley APD is a non-profit organisation that actively works to improve quality of life for people with disabilities. Their services include job creation through a laundry service, recycling division, catering services and the sale of hand-made products. They also run day care, occupational therapy and social services to people with disabilities across the Breede Valley.

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What’s your handicap?

R2 000 a 4-ball in American Scramble! Start at 12:00, finish with blissful relaxation with a breath taking view of Worcester.

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Let’s do physio!

We welcome our new physiotherapy students from Ukwanda.  It is such a pleasure seeing the future professionals working with dedication and passion.

You guys RoCk!!