Children need help urgently

Greensleeves can’t pay staff, afford running cost

HELPING HAND NEEDED: Some of the children of the Greensleeves Children’s Trust in East London Picture: FACEBOOK

While the country grapples with the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown, East London based NGO Greensleeves Children’s Trust is feeling the pinch.

Greensleeves founder Dianne Lehy said staff had not been paid half their salaries for March.

“We are crying out for help to keep our establishment running in order to safeguard the lives of our children, staff, teachers and the safe house,” she said.

The GO! has previously reported that Greensleeves does not receive government subsidies and relies heavily on private funding to assist with finances, food, stationery and staff salaries ( ‘All’s Fair In Love and War’ supports Trust, February 6).

Lehy said the organisation needed about R180,000 each month to run.

“My plea is for the wider community to stand together by contributing what you are able to afford. It can be as little as R21, R210 or even R2,100.

“I would like to urge you to make a habit of it with a recurring monthly debit order,” she said. The organisation’s wish list is available on their website, For cash contributions, their details are:

Bank: ABSA

Account name: Greensleeves Children’s Trust

Account: 926 5431 853

Branch Code: 632 005

For inquiries, contact 082-219-3209 or e-mail


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