Jungle Gym for hard hearing kids, thanks to border golfers

12:49 (GMT+2) Tue, 12 Mar 2019
Children at Carel du Toit Centre enjoying their jungle gym

Hard of hearing pre-schoolers in the Buffalo City area are the biggest winners of the annual Algoa FM Charity Golf Day.

Funds raised at the 2018 event will be used to purchase a jungle gym and to upgrade the wireless FM system of the Carel du Toit Centre in East London.

That's where hearing-impaired children learn spoken-language through the use of hearing technology, natural learning experiences and parental guidance.

The proceeds of last year's AlgoaFM charity golf day at the EL Golf Club were presented to the centre's Project Manager Paula Kumm at a check hand-over on Tuesday afternoon.

Kumm says the publicity the Carel du Toit Centre has enjoyed as a golf day beneficiary, is just as important as the items it has been able to purchase.

She says having a new jungle gym will help with the holistic preparation of the children for mainstream schooling.

Climbing helps children learn how to solve problems and also exercises the memory because they need to remember certain grips and the location of hand and footholds.  

They also teach social skills and spatial awareness.

Algoa FM's Marketing Manager Toinette Koumpan says the centre is one-of-kind in the Border region and it is because of the wonderful support for the annual charity golf day that the company was able to support the centre.