IN times when murder and politics seem to dominate every square centimetre of newspapers, it is heartwarming to see that The Herald still cares about the basic matters within its community.
Your support for the plight of our APD Day Care Centre where Karen Jakober and her team care for 29 children aged one to seven years, who, in most cases have profound physical and mental disabilities, is a fine example of what our community should be focusing on ("Bay opens heart for burgled creche", February 22).
The APD Day Care Centre, situated on the edge of Motherwell and Wells Estates, ensures that the little ones are transported to and from their homes, fed two square meals a day (not baked beans on toast), and receive educational and physical stimulation from the eight caregivers in Karen's team.
The Avanza vehicle that was kindly donated by ACSA serves to ferry the children to doctors for treatment and the Education Department for school-entry tests.
The parents, who all receive a R1200 disability grant from the state, pay a paltry R250 per month for these services. The centre runs at an average monthly loss of R40000.
There are some 75000 people living with disabilities in the Nelson Mandela Bay area. It is indeed sad that people can venture to plunder and steal from the most vulnerable within society.
The support from business at large has been nothing short of mind-boggling. Karen has been over-run by proposals from companies who want to support in so many ways.
On behalf of the board and management of the Association for Persons with Disabilities, the custodians of the APD Day Care Centre, we extend our heartfelt thanks to The Herald and the friendly city.
Brian Bezuidenhout, executive director, APD Nelson Mandela Bay