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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:23

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Join us as we take a stand against Sexual Violence!! Wear RED LIPS for the month of April 

Lusa Community Chest team supports the RED MY LIPS campaign & we invite all our partners to join us as we unite together to take a stand against sexual violence.

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Be part of the move by taking a staff picture with everyone wearing your RED LIPS and upload it on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/lusacommunitychest 
For each picture uploaded we would appreciate a contribution of a soft toy or toiletries from each person (in the picture). The items collected will be given to the Thutuzela Rape Crisis centre in Sasolburg.  Contact Thanu for more details: 016 976 0933

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The response to The Street Store article published in the Ster has been phenomenal. We are touched by the generous hearts of our Community who have donated clothing for our next Street Store. One such business man, Mr Paul Hartley of M3 Schoolwear in Sasolburg recently donated R10 000 worth of brand new school and sportswear to Lusa Community Chest who in turn delivered the clothing to AJ Jacobs, students of Sasolburg High and various other school children in our area. M3 Schoolwear intends to continue giving back to the community and we encourage the community to support him during his 25% clearance sale over the next few weeks.
Should you wish to donate for the most needy in our community please call Lusa Community Chest at 016-976 0933

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Mr Paul Hartley of M3 Schoolwear in Sasolburg (left) and Diane Wilder (Lusa Community Chest)


Veronica and Thanu with Margaret Hirsch (center of picture),the Chief Operating executive of Hirsch’s.

Margaret is an amazing women who inspired us with her work ethos, and her passion for making a difference in the lives of women in South Africa.
She believes firmly in giving “a hand-up rather than a hand-out” and we look forward to working with Margaret in projects directed at the empowerment of women.

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Generation@ Program in Honduras

The Generation @ program in the Subirana high school in Rio Lindo, Cortes. This is a program for young people to talk about values, character and leadership while preventing them from getting trapped in drugs, alcohol, gangs and human trafficking by presenting the gospel in holistic ways. The project is sponsored by Woodlands Church and forms part of the One Million Strong Initiative. The project leader in Honduras is Melvin Orlando Flores

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NPO incubator training

25 New NPO's started the NPO Incubator training on 04 February 2016. This training will continue every Thursday until November 2016.
68 Applications were received and after intensive interview only 25 were selected.

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The Street Store - Shopping spree for free
#streetstore (The street Store is an international movement that supplies good quality used clothing for free to our needy citizens)

“What a joy and privilege it was today to give quality clothing to people who need it the most and at no cost! “ Veronica Cronje, CEO Lusa Community Chest shared the experience of seeing approximately 60-80 needy people shop for free at the very first Street Store in Sasolburg.“How surprised and grateful were the faces to hear that they could choose clothes for themselves and their families for free”, said Veronica.
So many people are suffering daily to make ends meet and it is very seldom that you find someone who gladly shares out of their bounty without expecting anything in return.
Lusa reached many vulnerable families today and it was such a blessing. We are planning to do this again, as soon as our cupboards are full again.
Lusa extends their gratitude to everyone who donated clothing for this initiative and to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to sort out the clothing and who assisted on the day. 
We would encourage people to continue donating good quality second hand clothing for the next Street Store. Make our Legacy part of your own. 

Contact the Lusa Community Chest office 016 976 0933, for more details.

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Clotan Steel Mountain Bike Race in aid of Lewenslig

The  event, presented by Spectrum Sport, CLotan Steel, NW Mountein Bike Club and Lusa Community Chest during October 2015 , raised an amount of R31 000.  The residents of Lewenslig assisted with presenting the prizes. “The entire event  made us realise how priviledged we are to be able to ride a bike and  to do something for our fellow men, especially for the disabled” said Louis Harmse from Spectrum Sport.  The event will definitely take place again next year and is already on  the race calendar.

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Veronica Cronje from Lusa and Danie Joubert from Clotan Steel

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The Meals on Wheels Cycling Race

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Lusa Community chest had the opportunity to partner with Spektrum Sport for the eleventh N3TC Meals on Wheels Cycling Race that took place at Sedaven, Heidelberg on the 20th September 2015.
More than 1000 cyclists took part in this well-known race and despite the weather challenges of wind and rain the participation continues to grow with each consecutive year. All the cyclists received medals and bead rings made by Lewenslig, a home for disabled people, and prize money was also up for grabs.
The event raised R100 000 which directly benefits Meals on Wheels. This non-profit organisation makes and delivers home cooked meals to marginalized communities and especially elderly people in the greater Vaal area. “Once again the event was characterized by a Spirit of Goodwill and Charity,” said Mr Louis Harmse, Organizer of the event.
The local community around Sedaven also benefited on the day. Food parcels and T-shirts to the value of R62 000 were distributed to the community by the race main sponsor NT3C. “It is important to N3TC to give back to the Community. We all want to contribute to the greater good, so we gladly sponsor the Meals on Wheels Race. ” said Victoria Greeff, spokesperson for N3TC.
Lusa wishes to thank each cyclist, their families and all the volunteers who sacrificed their day to make a difference in some else’s life.

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The team from Lusa Community Chest and Victoria Greeff (in blue jacket) from N3TC distributed food parcels and t-shirts to members of the local community of Sedaven in Heidelberg.


GR8Start Early Childhood Development Program

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During July 2015, Lusa Community Chest rolled out the first Gr8Start Early Childhood Development (ECD) program. The Gr8Start Program occurred over 5 days as a hands-on, practical and interactive course during which the early childhood educators were provided with foundational training and up-skilled with the practical tools and techniques required to implement and manage an effective ECD program that prepares young learners for school.

Four teachers from three nursery schools, namely, Kodumela Edu-care Centre, Mother Touch Day Care & Tsepong Care Centre attended the training as well as two trainers, Sma Sokhela & Mirriam Mngwevu from Pietermaritzburg Community Chest who will in turn present the program to nursery school teachers in their communities.

The educators explored integrative activities that equipped them to stimulate, develop and test the social, emotional and physical intelligence of young children. The activities would enable the teachers to monitor and evaluate motor development, hearing and listening skills, eye movements and visual processes as well as the gross motor and fine motor skills in pre-school children to prepare for and ensure school readiness.

In addition, considering the vital role the early childhood educators play in developing well balanced, school ready children, the program assisted them to change their educational practices, beliefs, understanding, and attitudes that would assist in creating an environment conducive to learning. Notes of thanks came back stating that the educators felt motivated, inspired and more equip to make a difference in their ECD Centre’s.

For more information contact Retha 016 976 0933 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Alina Ramagole with her set of self-created resources that included teaching and learning aids and testing instruments made mainly from recyclable materials.

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