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July News
08 August 2016
Staff matters:
Operations Manager Amelia Pretorius resigned at the end of June. During the just over a year that Amelia was with us, she achieved what she set out to do - and more. Our best wishes go with her.
Liezl Grobler joined our team on 1 August. We hope she will be very happy with us.

Four of our therapists went on a week long training course on Autism presented by Autism Western Cape. Although Senecio focuses on children with physical disabilities, many of the centres have children on the Autism spectrum as well, therefor it is important that care givers get guidance in handling these challenging children.

Our two fieldworkers, Sibo and Gugu attended the three week Carer to Carer training course presented by Malemulele Onwards in Johannesburg. Equipped with this knowledge, they are ready and eager to take the Parent Peer Support groups to a new level.

Swaziland Outreach:
During the second week of July, the five therapists, Lynette, Joany, Ashley, Luan and Tanya, as well as Director Annatjie joined hands with Helderberg Uitreik to do a week long Outreach in Swaziland. 46 children received individual attention, and 34 teachers and carers were trained. 4 workshops were presented. It was a very busy but fruitful week. The feedback was very positive, with hopes expressed that this will be the first of many outreaches to come.

Senecio Fun Run 2016
07 June 2016
What started (and ended!) as a misty morning on 29 May 2016 did not damper the moods of the 911 participants that supported this annual event! We were excited when Lourensford gave us permission to host the Fun Run on the estate again, and we are sure that participants were just as excited.

Running, walking and wheeling through the orchards and vineyards through the mist brought about a special atmosphere to the day. Although the mist made preparations a bit difficult on the morning, overall it was a successful event and we again thank all of our sponsors, without whom this day would not have been possible - your generosity and support is truly greatly appreciated!

We congratulate our winners for the various distances and hope that you enjoyed your prizes:

1st male - Matthew Kruger
1st female - Marlie van Schalkwyk
2nd male - Tony Abbott
2nd female - Charmaine Roussouw
3rd male - Howard Warrington
3rd female - Adri Meyer

1st male - Alek Botha
1st female - Danny de Villiers
2nd male - Christiaan Engelbrecht
2nd female - Elana Benghiat
3rd male - Tiaan van Zyl
3rd female - Anna Kijhaukhadiv

5km wheelchair:
1st male - Jeremy Hazell
1st female - Wendy Bubb
2nd male - Ernie Vroon
3rd male - Tony Williams

Thank you again to everyone that supported us on the day, and we hope to see you again next year!
April 2016
10 May 2016
Just a few more weeks to go before our Fun Run takes place! If you have not entered yet, please go to the online entries page and invite your family and friends to participate as well.

This month we launched our \'Give it up\' campaign and encourage supporters to give up a few treats per month to help a child with disabilities receive much needed therapy and equipment. From as little as R100 per month it will enable Senecio to provide services to children in need. To register simply click on the Donate button on the website.

We were excited when we crossed the 500 likes mark on Facebook! Thank you for the interest shown in the work we do, and for sharing our stories. Your feedback is always appreciated.

On 3 May we welcomed our new Speech therapist, Ashley Gaskin to the team. We wish her all the best and look forward to the difference she will make in the lives of the children she will be working with.

Programme news:

During April our therapists were working in Khayelitsha to assist the children and parents/carers in the community. To lighten the burden on some of the families, home visits are done. For some parents it is difficult to travel with a child in a buggy (wheelchair), keeping the child from receiving treatment. During an outreach such as this we try to reach as many children as possible through the assistance of our field workers.
March 2016 Feedback
12 April 2016
Senecio\'s financial year ended on 31 March 2016, and we are grateful for yet another successful year in terms of the beneficiaries we assisted. More than 260 children were assisted through Senecio\'s Programmes at Care Centres and within the communities, and more than 180 carers and parents received training!

We welcomed a new member to the team on 4 April. Tanya Jones is our new Physiotherapist, joining us from Pietermaritzburg. We wish her all the best in her new position.

Programme news:

Bridging Abilities held their first Sports Day for the year during March. This event is specifically organised for children with disabilities. We took some of our children and parents from the Strand Outreach to come and enjoy the day of activities, and everyone had a great time!

One of the children at the Iqhayiya Care Centre in Khayelitsha is now attending the Thembalethu School, and we are very excited that he is now in a school where he can mix with other children and enjoy his education.

The first Hambisela training session has been completed and the next session is underway. This basic training course is an effective starting point for any person who looks after a child with Cerebral Palsy, and interested parties are encouraged to book a space by sending an e-mail to programme@senecio.org.za.
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