Business network pays it forward

Eddie Stevens and Adrienne Taylor of the False Bay Business Network at the Elisabeth Yoliswa Home for Children.

Members of the False Bay Business Network recently spent a morning with the children and employees of the Elisabeth Yoliswa Home for Children in Masiphumelele – and handed over a cheque for R10 000 which was raised by the business network, specifically for the school.

The money will be used to renovate certain areas of the school to make it safer and more habitable for the 60-plus children who spend their time there every day, under the care of Yolisa Gopie, her sister, Lucy, and her daughter Viviene.

They live in the home and provide the necessary spiritual, emotional, and physical care for the children on a day-to-day basis.

The Elisabeth Yoliswa Home for Children provides an environment where children are sheltered from criminal activities.

“It provides day care for the few children whose families are able to pay a small stipend towards the care of their children and also provides a home for children without parents.

“These children stay at the school overnight. It also provides a safe haven for unwanted and abused children,” says Adrienne Taylor, spokesperson for the network.

She explained that the False Bay Business Network is a group of small business owners from the valley who have been raising funds for this special group of children.

The chairman, Eddie Stevens, from 4 Seasons Landscaping and Garden Services, presented the cheque.

Receiving the cheque, Ms Gopie said: “It’s the kind of thing you see on TV but never thought that this would happen to us.”

“The False Bay Business Network and its members were proud to be part of the project and look forward to seeing the results of the project on completion,” Ms Taylor said.