We spent a couple of hours on Saturday (29 November) at NICRO's premises, lending a hand in getting one of the rooms painted and on course to be used to help people get away from a life of crime.
We were joined by NICRO chairman Judge Nathan Erasmus as well as Western Cape Police Commissione, Major General Arno Lamoer.
The folk at Indawo Painting and Waterproofing had already started in putting down a first coat of paint on two of the the graffiti-stained walls, so we added another coat of white PVA.
Upstairs, there was an old flat which had be used for a number of years as a storeroom, but had been painted over the past few days by Indawo.
NICRO is a registered Non-Profit Organisation, first created in 1910 as the Prisoner's Aid Association.
Their approach and direction has changed over the years, from prisoner rehabilitation to crime prevention through diversion programmes.
Recently, two of their volunteers decided to transform, at their own cost, two of the rooms at their facilities, to make them more welcoming to those who seek NICRO's help.
They have appealed for assistance from the public and corporates to help them along with this project. Amongst the items they would welcome would be some furniture such as couches, as well as toys for children to play with.
We have already received kind offers from Indawo Painting & Waterproofing and Harlequin Paints. Any further offers can be made directly to Celia Dawson on 021 462 0017, and firstname.lastname@example.org