THE Down Syndrome Association Amathole (DSAA) will host have a steak evening tomorrow at the Hamilton Sports Club, where they will be raising funds for the association is a non-profit organisation.
The association that was established in 1996 and is made up of parents and individuals who are interested interested in making a difference in the lives of people with the disability. or any other intellectual disabilities.
On June 1st, the association will have a Ssteak Eevening at the Hamilton Sport Club, where they will be raising funds for the association.
Branch director Denise Taylor, said they do various fundraising events during the course of the year, such as an Arts Theatre Valentine Show evening, street collections, selling boerewors rolls and an Awareness Tea on October 20, which is National Down Syndrome Awareness Day.
“With the help of other some sponsors who are assisteding us by donating vouchers, products, the use of their equipment, cooking skills and time – all of which will help assist us tremendously to keep our outlay costs down – we hope to raise more funds on the night.”
Taylor said the proceeds that they make at the fundraising events help to cover their expenses which include transporting of the children and parents, pamphlets for the outreach programme, and organising workshops for parents and children.
“We need about approximately R17000 a month to be able to continue keep us operating.”
“We mainly operate outside the office by distributing information to new parents on the birth of their child and supporting the family by way of counselling, as well as distributing information on Down Syndrome to clinics and hospitals.”
“We also provide an outreach and support programme at Frere Hospital on a Wednesday and Cecilia Makhiwane Hospital on a Tuesday, as well as clinic and home visits when required.” she Taylor said.
Taylor said they have an exercise or dance class once a month at Hamilton Sports Club where various dance studios come and dance with the children and young adults while the parents meet. and give support to one another.