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Sandton-based children receive new swimming costumes

Heart of Hope’s vision is to provide a turning point for personal and individualised nurturing care for orphaned and vulnerable children.

The 52 orphaned and vulnerable children from various challenging backgrounds under Hearts of Hope, a transitional children’s home in Wendywood, Sandton, recently received Disney-themed swimming costumes, goggles, caps, and kickboards.

From the pure hearts of the IIE’s Varsity College Sandton staff, the children also had their swimming pool equipment donated to maintain their pool.

Anto Kagisho, the PR person at the college, said that Hearts of Hope was chosen by the college’s staff as part of their vision to make a difference in their community.

Deborah van Dongen, the founder and CEO of Hearts of Hope, said, ‘Water safety is an essential life skill, a skill Hearts of Hope believes all children should have.”

She explained that learning to swim is an important part of water safety, and as such, they run a swimming programme that teaches their children how to swim while having lots of fun in the pool.

“This donation will help ensure the children all have the tools to be able to swim. A real gift was the new swimming costumes. As a non-profit, most of our clothes are second-hand donations, and for most of our children, it was the first time they had new swimming costumes and goggles purchased just for them.

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