SA mattress companies assure good night’s sleep for vulnerable children

(Cape Town) – SA mattress companies have pitched in to help orphaned and vulnerable children in the Western Cape.
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GOOD NEWS: A mattress delivery for vulnerable children in the Western Cape is welcomed by Gareth Hadres-Williams (Operations Manager at Home from Home), Pippa Shaper (Co-founder of Home from Home), Rudi Roode (Corporate Sales Manager at Elliott), Adriaan De Beer (Chief Financial Operator for Unitrans) and Herman Du Preez (Sales & Marketing Executive for Restonic in the Western Cape)

 

Just in time for Youth Day last week, an organisation assisting orphaned, abused, neglected and vulnerable children, Home From Home, took delivery of mattresses from a selection of high-end SA mattress companies.

“Being able to provide quality mattresses for our children has been a challenge, as mattresses are very expensive. We do get second-hand ones donated but these are not always sufficient for our needs, especially those of our teenagers who need proper support for their growing bodies,” said founding Home From Home trustee Pippa Shaper.

The Home From Home Trust provides supported and supervised community-based foster care for orphaned, abused, neglected and vulnerable children through a network of small, family homes in disadvantaged communities in South Africa. Currently Home From Home is caring for 200 children in 34 homes in 15 different communities in the Western Cape.

Shaper and her organisation were “overwhelmed” to discover that Unitrans and Restonic would be donating 140 mattresses for Home From Home beds. And the generosity did not stop there: Unitrans staff had fund-raised to provide mattress protectors, duvet covers, pillows and new linen; and all would be delivered free of charge by Elliott Mobility trucks.

Adriaan de Beer, Unitrans CFO says, “When we heard that Home from Home needed new mattresses we just knew we could make a difference with the help of our sister companies. We all got together to make this possible, with quality mattresses, door to door delivery through Elliott, even employees helped pack and buy bedding for each child. This was a wonderful collective effort and we are so proud to support Home from Home who is so passionate about making a difference in our community. ”

Herman de Preez (Sales & Marketing Executive for Restonic Western Cape) said, “We are so happy to be able to give these children a good night’s rest.”

Rudi Roode (Corporate Sales Manager at Elliott) said, “We were asked to quote on the delivery of the beds but when we heard about the initiative we felt it would be a huge honour to be able to give back to the community. I salute Home From Home, Restonic and Unitrans  for making this happen.”

“We are so grateful for this donation. It is the first time we are able to supply new mattresses on this scale to our homes and it will literally change the way our children sleep for years to come.” Shaper added the mattresses that were replaced would be donated to night shelters and other community organisations in various communities including Khayelitsha: “At Home From Home we encourage all of our staff, our foster mothers and children to show gratitude to others by volunteering or donating goods themselves. This is a perfect opportunity for them to do just that.”

Home From Home was founded in 2005 by Shaper and Jane Payne, after their years of experience in children’s homes created a strong belief that a small family unit, with a dedicated foster mother or parents and no more than six children, is the next best place for children who can’t be cared for by their own biological families. Since then more than 300 children have been able to call a Home From Home family unit their own.

Here, children grow up in their home communities and culture, where their home language is spoken. They have a foster family to support and care for them. The hope is that one day they will either be reunited with their biological families or, failing that, that Home From Home will have provided them with the necessary grounding to lead happy, successful lives.

The Trust also runs a crèche, and after-school care programme (which incorporates therapy and home-work support/tutoring) in Khayelitsha.

For further information about Home From Home, visit their website www.homefromhome.org.za