The RMI and MIWA have stepped up to support a Charity Ball aimed to raise R1m for Child Welfare Bloemfontein. The Ball, taking place on 14 February at Monte Bello in Bloemfontein, will be a black-tie event with a menu prepared by winners of My Kitchen Rules 2017, Jamandi and Machiel Bekker and semi-finalists, Brent Lindeque and Andrew Ross.

“MIWA decided to buy two couples’ tickets each valued at R4 000 and give them back to the charity to use at their discretion. We believe this is a great cause and we are excited to be a part of it,” says Pieter Niemand, Director of MIWA.

Pieter will also be attending and is inviting all MIWA members interested to buy their tickets now. “There are still tickets available and it would be great to get as many MIWA members there as possible. The price of your ticket goes directly to the organisation that is in desperate need of support,” he says.

For details of the event and how to buy tickets click here

Child Welfare Bloemfontein was founded in 1914 by a group of volunteers who identified a sincere need for welfare services among poor people. The core focus of the organisation is the protection of children against any form of abuse.
The organisation only receives financial support from the government to render statutory and support services to children and families in need. Children who experience any form of abuse and are in desperate need of professional therapeutic services and cannot afford the service will end up without support.

A spokesperson for Child Welfare Bloemfontein wrote the following:

Since our founding in 1914, the organisation is addressing the needs of families and children in the Bloemfontein community. As a result of the merging pf Child Welfare Bloemfontein and Childline Free State, the boundaries have expanded to the Free State Province. A lot has been achieved in the past 103 years and Child Welfare Bloemfontein & Childline Free State has been responsible for the establishment of many upliftment programmes in the community.

We identified the need for affordable socio-emotional assessments and therapeutic services to these children. We established LELAPA (for the family). This is an independent service for self-generating funds and operates as an essential part of our organisation. Through this we are able to render services to these children.

We appointed a social worker to provide these services. The objectives of the project are: To render independent, quality, affordable assessment and therapeutic services to orphans and vulnerable children.

The estimated cost of such a service to an abused child is as follows:
Interactional analysis - R 1 000
Socio - emotional Assessments - R 550
Therapy - R150 a session

To maintain LELAPA as an essential independent service we need the support of the community. The sustainability of such a project will enable us to render services both to children who can afford the service as well as those who can’t afford the service but also need the therapy.

In the long run Child Welfare & Childline will become financial sustainable and are able to render services for all children in need.