Daycare centre comes tops at ForGood event
NON-governmental organisations and individuals who uplift their communities were honoured at the Mercedes-Benz plant last week during the 2017 ForGood Inspiration Awards.
Twenty-five hopefuls submitted their profiles in the hope of going home with the top prize, but Rising Sun Daycare in Duncan Village was voted the most inspirational story by the audience members.
Nozi Mswi and Taralyn McLean who run Rising Sun could not hold back their smiles when their names were called out as winners. In addition to the R40000 prize money that each or the four finalists received, the daycare and charity organisation also received all the ticket sales of about R35000.
An anonymous donor also gave R10000 as a donation towards the centre. Another individual came forward to say his company would fit a kitchen for the daycare centre. Mswi, overwhelmed with emotion, said the centre cared for 30 children and the money would go a long way to ensuring the little ones enjoyed their childhood. In her speech, she also said she prepared and cooked the meals for the children at her house and when there was no electricity in the area, she bought bread and maas to feed the needy kids.
“The money will help with stipends for the staff, grocery and we also want to celebrate birthdays for the children. We want to make their lives as normal as possible,” she said. “This is for all the mothers who collect and sell plastic bottles in Duncan Village so they can raise their children. Sometimes they are not even able to pay school fees, but they try,” she said.
MBSA senior manager Gladstone Mtyoko, said they were overwhelmed with the remarkable contribution made by people within the community. “It is through such kindness that we will be able to make our country a better place,” he said.