The Carel du Toit Centre for Hearing Impaired Children was founded in 1973 by Prof Carel du Toit, an ear, nose and throat surgeon and head of the ENT Department at Tygerberg Hospital. The centre specialises in early intervention programmes for hearing impaired children. For more information see www.careldutoit.co.za
The facility has grown over the years. From 1980 the Western Cape Education Department became involved and started providing teaching posts as well as an annual subsidy to the Centre – at present, only a small portion (12%) of the budget is covered with this funding. An estimated cost of R42,000/annum/child is the reality of the centre with its 120 children. Financial means are limited and thus donor funds are essential to maintain and grow this wonderful facility.
Over the years Spinnaker has been involved with the centre as a corporate donor. We are proud to announce another year of financial assistance to this amazing centre, where miracles are performed in young children’s lives, providing them with a second chance in life.
Says David Geldenhuys (MEO, Spinnaker Software), “Every year I go on a guided tour of the centre and every year I’m amazed at the abundance of love and caring for these special children. We salute the patience and tenacity of the teaching personnel”.
On a recent visit, the 2021 donation was handed over by David and Tinus Lamprecht (COO) to Adri Hodgson (Principal) and Lynn Cloete (Fundraising).
Main top image: F.l.t.r: David Geldenhuys (Spinnaker), Lynn Cloete (Carel du Toit Trust), Adri Hodgson (Principal, Carel du Toit) and Tinus Lamprecht (Spinnaker).