A Suncoast Treat for a Special School

A Fun Day at SUNCOAST (on 23 June 2016) was thoroughly enjoyed by a large group of severely intellectually-impaired children from the Golden Gateway School in Cato Manor, Durban.

A team of SUNCOAST employees volunteered their time to accompany the 38 pupils while they were treated to a movie, lunch at Spur and fun in the Magic Company Arcade.

“The children have had an amazing time here today. We are so grateful to SUNCOAST for treating them and making them feel so special,” said HOD of Golden Gateway School, Mr Kumar Rooplal – as Goodie Bags were handed out at the end of the outing. “Their smiles say it all!”

The school – which has been in existence since the early Seventies – caters for 194 learners between the ages of five and 21 years of age. All the pupils are severely intellectually impaired.

Various skills are taught to the students – including woodwork, pottery, welding, motorcare (skills for car washing) and domestic science. A sustainable gardening project is also up-and-running on the property. Although it is a state school, donations and assistance are always needed for transportation costs, extra-mural activities, work experience and employment opportunities.

“We try, as far as possible, to educate the children as much as we can (given their limited learning abilities) in an effort to prepare them for life once they leave the school,” Rooplal explained.

“As employment opportunities are in short supply, we are always appealing to the corporate world to assist with offering positions to those who are intellectually-impaired – but who could be productive with some supervision. Some of our learners can be trained to concentrate and fulfil certain tasks.”

SUNCOAST’s CSI division first interacted with Golden Gateway School in 2013 – a visit facilitated by Vukukhanye (a non-profit and public benefit organization) – when employee volunteers enjoyed a day of arts and crafts with the pupils.

“Our staff members volunteer on a monthly basis with our various community upliftment initiatives in and around the community of Chesterville,” said Basil Simons, SUNCOAST’s Employee Services coordinator.

“The various CSI projects – which we do in partnership with Vukukhanye – contribute on a social, environmental and economic level,” says SUNCOAST Marketing Manager, Louise Howell. “Aiming to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate is extremely important to us.”

For more information on Tsogo Sun’s CSI initiative visit www.suncoastcasino.co.za


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SUNCOAST’s leisure, dining and retail options include 13 restaurants and fast food outlets, a kids’ entertainment arcade and an 8-screen Cinecentre cinema complex.

SUNCOAST opens onto a boardwalk which links to uShaka Marine World to the south and Moses Mabhida stadium and Blue Lagoon to the north.

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