Victor Daitz Foundation sponsors new Autistic Unit at Reunion School

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Last month, a new state-of-the-art Autistic Unit was officially opened at Reunion School. The unit was proudly sponsored by The Victor Daitz Foundation, which has a long history of involvement with the school.

In 2004 Ina Borstlap, Director of the KZN Cerebral Palsy Association, took the then Managing Trustee of the Foundation, Mr Benn, on a tour of Reunion School and he fell in love with the project. Other Trustees soon followed suit and eight brand new classrooms, a 66 bed fully equipped hostel, dining hall and large equipped kitchen were built from funds provided by the Foundation.

When Ina went knocking on Mr Moshal’s (Current Managing Trustee) door he was thrilled to learn about the expansion and did not hesitate to once again offer their overwhelming sponsorship.

Victor Daitz was a Jewish entrepreneur who spent most of his business life in Durban. His parents, Bernard and Annie Daitz, were Jewish immigrants who came to South Africa from Lithuania with virtually nothing. Victor was born in Johannesburg in 1913 and died in 1999.

It was always his wish to put back into the community what he had accumulated during his lifetime. He left his legacy to The Victor Daitz Foundation with the stipulation that 70% must be spent on disadvantaged communities and only 30% on the Jewish community.

width=250At the official opening of the new Autistic unit, a delightful audience was entertained by our precious children, who all wore their beautiful bandanas with much pride whilst performing their ‘Thank you’ songs.

Each learner received a lovely gift and their favourite midday meal. Invited guests then toured the facilities and expressed awe of the work achieved by The KZN Cerebral Palsy Association in successfully completing a much needed development at this unique school.

[ Posted 11 July 2013 ]

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