Pick 'n Pay Donations Gladdens hearts at Kleinmond Children's Home

On Wednesday, 15 June 2016 Youth Day was celebrated early as the youngsters of the Overstrand Child and Youth Care Centre (OCYCC) in Kleinmond were treated to a substantial donation of ‘Winter-Warmth Goodies’, scrumptious eats and fun party packs, courtesy of Pick ‘n Pay Hermanus.

The air was filled with excitement as the children awaited the arrival of their special guests, including Overstrand Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie who was set to deliver a keynote address at the event.  

Also in attendance was the Branch Manager of Pick ‘n Pay Hermanus, Wayne Castle and Customer Services Manager, Candice Martin, accompanied by their store mascot ‘Idor’ who enthralled the crowd with a lively welcome jig.

 

The OCYCC – the only one of its kind in the Overberg – is a registered residential home under the auspices of Child Welfare that is primarily concerned with the care, protection, well-being and safety of its 26 children.  Moreover, the OCYCC also tends to the educational needs and re-socialization of the young boys and girls aged between six (6) and fourteen (14) years that are housed at the facility.

As a strong supporter of youth development, especially where the social cohesion and improved existence of children is at heart, the Mayor has, over the years, aligned her support to a number of programmes and organisations in the Overstrand where these fundamental elements are underpinned.

To that end, Botha-Guthrie established a Youth Development Programme that, along with collaborative efforts of the community, business, government and other interested parties, assists those organisations attuned to servicing and catering to the holistic development of children. The Kleinmond-based OCYCC is one such facility that has received the Mayor’s attention.



In keeping with Pick ‘n Pay’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) policy of making a meaningful and measurable contribution within the sectors in which they operate, Hermanus Branch Manager, Wayne Castle, chose the OCYCC as its most recent beneficiary. On addressing the gathering, Castle said:  “18 Years ago, my boss Raymond Ackerman said to me ‘Goodwill is important for good business’ and that has stayed with me ever since.  It’s what drives us to do right by our people.  Yes, profits are important in the environment in which we work, but being able to give back and possibly make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate is of greater value.”

The Mayor echoed these sentiments in her keynote speech, saying “This occasion is marked by the wonderful Ubuntu spirit of one of our key partners, Pick ‘n Pay Hermanus, for their ongoing commitment to the development of the Overstrand’s youth, and community as a whole. I cannot thank them enough for this noteworthy contribution and investment into these kids’ lives.”

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