One of these initiatives was a party hosted by the Benoni office in Daveyton at the Nomasonto Cebekhulu Day Care. The organisation has been a long-standing beneficiary of Aurecon Cares, a relationship that goes back to 2014 when the facility was refurbished. When Aurecon initially became involved, there was only one elderly lady taking care of six children. Since then, the number of children who are in the care of the centre has increased to over ten, along with the addition of two more staff. Members of the Aurecon Cares team visited the Day Care and surprised the children with a jumping castle and food to celebrate the festive season.
The Polokwane Aurecon Cares team hosted its own celebration at the Shalate Drop-In Centre. Shalate is an orphanage providing housing for over 30 children and a “drop-in” centre for young mothers. In addition to providing shelter, the children are mentored to ensure that they complete their education despite the loss of their parents. As part of the celebrations, the team played games with the children and enjoyed a picnic with some delicious snacks.
In Cape Town, staff belonging to the local office have been working with iKhaya Le Langa NPC for the past year. This organisation is focused on restoring disadvantaged areas through socio-economic development, and hosts events such as the annual street fairs and street cleaning initiatives as part of their programmes. The Aurecon Cares team raised funds and surpassed their target of bringing in a donation of 100 toys from the office staff. The toys were then presented to the organisation to benefit the children from the Langa Township.