MCCLELLAND Adult Centre, a non- profit organisation dedicated to helping the intellectually impaired, is looking for help with raising funds to continue their operations.
Manager of the centre, Lizette De Lange-Peach, said the centre has been facing financial difficulties for a considerable time.
Procuring donations and fundraising efforts have been have steadily been getting more and more difficult due to the current economic climate.
De Lange-Peach said their centre received a subsidy for each one of the 70 residents who were accommodated in three hostels but, regrettably, these subsidies only covered about pproximately 35% of the centre’s running expenses.
The shortfall of 60% has to be made up from fundraising events held throughout the year and donations received from kind-hearted benefactors.
“We have been obligated to implement a hostel-surcharge fee to meet our financial commitments. No government funding is received towards our protected workshop and all overhead costs for this division are being covered by the residential subsidies and hostel surcharges,” she said.
De Lange-Peach said indicated their annual financial statements have been reflecting an ongoing deficit and despite implementing very stringent measures to economise and reduce expenses, the centre’s financesd ial matters continue to deteriorate.
“Recent information received indicates that a strong possibility exists of state funding being reduced substantially. Should this happen, our centre will face certain closure after existing at its current location for nearly six decades,” she said. concluded.
As part of their ongoing fundraising efforts, McClelland will be hosting an event today The Story of Elvis – the musical biography of the “King of Rock n Roll” at the Guild Theatre that starts at 7pm.
Stirling High School is part of the concert and the Art Theatre will also perform tomorrow.
Entry tickets can be bought at Computicket for R100.