This morning, Cape Talk’s Breakfast Show host, Kieno Kammies announced this month’s recipient of the Dis-Chem Foundation’s monthly Radom Act of Kindness (RAK). The SNAP Program (SNAP Educational Support), was overwhelmed by the generous donation of R40 000 from the foundation and are excited about the difference it will make. The SNAP Program has been in existence for 15 years and has played a major role in the transformation of many children by providing specialised aid and exceptional care for children with various disabilities. These range from behavioral and emotional issues to syndromes and disorders such as Aspergers and Autism. The program offers services such as one-on-one tutoring to help each child progress and develop to his/her full potential.
Training Director, Carol Vikos, of SNAP expressed on air, “Every day we meet families who need help with their children and don’t have the means. One of the challenges is trying to find sponsorships to be able to bring these children in for the intervention they need. Another challenge is that some of the equipment is getting old and needs to be replaced. We spend most of our sponsorships on the children.”
In the past, SNAP have relied on volunteers or minimally compensated staff. This has resulted in a high turnover, continued difficulty attracting qualified personnel and limited continuity for the participants whose success depends on positive role models and the relationships they build with their instructors. The Dis-Chem Foundation’s Penny Stein commented “SNAP is an incredible initiative. When Dis-Chem heard about the project we immediately wanted to help.” Cape Talk and The Dis-Chem Foundation hope that the donation given will help enrich the lives of these children by providing continuity, new equipment and stability in the near future.