It all comes together in the end

GO! & Express team excited to do their bit

ROOM FOR CHANGE: This is the bedroom that the GO! & Express team will revamp for two young girls of limited cognitive abilities. Picture: LEIGH TEBBUTT

Not long after being introduced to Canaan Care Centre Fundraiser and Marketing Liaison, Leigh Tebbut, she mentioned to me that they had a special project at their residence, called “Adopt A Room.”

My mind kicked into overdrive at the prospect of coming on board with this project and, after discussions with our team leader and team members, it was agreed that the GO!  & Express would decorate a room as part of our Mandela Day Initiative.

Plans were put into action and we received contributions from Burmeisters, Duram Smart Paints, Pot O Curry, SE Bookkeeping as well as from private donors.

Originally set for Friday July 16, Level 4 lockdown essentially caused our Decorating Day (D-Day) plans to be delayed.

However, it all came together in the end as we will finally be able to visit there tomorrow, Friday 30 July.

D-Day will see the GO! & Express team taking on a different type of challenge as we swap computers for cupboard door handles, pens for paint rollers and computer programmes for decorations as we enliven our “Tickled Pink” themed room.

Matthew Field, our News Editor, is the tallest of us all and has been unofficially designated chief painter. Well, at least for the hard-to-reach areas.

As for me, I enjoy fixing things so the cupboard door handles will probably be left to me to sort out – with the help of a ladder to reach the higher cupboards of course.

Sales Reps Cheryl Larsen and Sindi Mbambo will more than likely accompany our Reporter Siphosihle as they put the girly-girl finishing touches to the room.

I’m sure that after we’ve completed ‘our’ room and done some hard labour, we will feel rewarded and re-invigorated.

It will be great for us to not only see each other but to work side-by-side, so to speak as we are all mostly home-based since the various lockdown levels began last year.

At the moment, the various contributions are spread across the homes of our team as this project has been a united effort from the start.  So I can’t wait to see everything come together and to see our room once the make-over is complete.

The call to be a part of this project by Tebbutt has been answered by a number of other businesses and associations in our community as well and some rooms have already been completed.

Though the rooms play a vital role in the comfort and therapy of the young residents, both the school and residence are in constant need of crucial support in other ways.

These include regular contributions of

  • Food
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing
  • Cleaning Products
  • Educational Toys
  • Educational Products
  • Financial assistance including the sponsorship of school fees for the children currently at the place of safety

If you would like contribute any of the above for the short or long term, please contact Leigh Tebbut on 083 778 7148 or e-mail her at

To sponsor any of the Fit for Logan Challenge participants for their weight loss, please contact them telephonically, on WhatsApp or by e-mail.

Alternatively, click here to access the sponsorship link on any of the Fit For Logan Challenge articles.

The GO! & Express is the sole print media sponsor of the Fit For Logan Challenge.


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