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The children from the Bizweni Centre enjoying an outing.

The Rotary Club of Helderberg was founded in 1983 and has been involved with the FNB W2W MTB Events for four years. “Our main function is to serve the community,” says Brian van der Grijp, President of the Rotary Club of Helderberg. “Our work with W2W enables us to provide funds to various charities including our chief project which is the Bizweni Centre for Children with Disabilities. Our Bizweni Project started in 2005 with fundraising for the building of the original Centre. This was completed in 2010. In 2013 we started raising funds for the building of the Skills Development Centre for children between the ages of 12 to 18. This was completed in 2016. In 2014 we helped raise donations for a bus. At the beginning of this month we were able to hand over the keys to a second bus.”

Situated in Somerset West, the Bizweni Centre for Children with Disabilities was established in 1998. The Centre is a Special Educational Day Care Centre providing quality education, therapy and care for children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, downs syndrome and spina bifida.

According to Vicky Hinrichsen, Bizweni Centre Project Manager, the school would not have been able to grow and develop to where it is today without the incredible buildings. “The Rotary Club of Helderberg doesn’t just hand over donations, but continues to take an interest in the program as a whole, including its impact on the community and sustainability of the project. Visiting overseas Clubs have been brought to visit the Centre and through this wheelchairs have been donated and money raised to equip the new program.”

The approximate cost of running the Bizweni Centre is R2300 per child per month. This is done through: school fees, corporate funding, individuals, government funding and fundraising. For more information or to contribute towards the Bizweni Centre for Children with Disabilities visit www.bizwenicentre.co.za.