Elaine Kotton heads up a second CAN whose membership largely comprises participants in the annual Women’s Renaissance Programme in Israel (the other is the Melrose 2 CAN, headed by Anne Zwarenstein). Today, the programme goes under the name of Momentum, and Elaine was part of the 2019 group. After consultation with Robyn Smookler and the Angel Network’s Glynne Wolman, it was decided to support the Siyathanda Stimulation Centre in Benoni as the CAN’s core project.
Siyathanda looks after some thirty children with cerebral palsy and other physical and/or mental disabilities. During the lockdown, it has been assisting the families of the children as well with food and general aid. Recently, it has had to take over the care of a disabled child who had been left abandoned outside its gates. The Momentum 2019 CAN, whose membership is fairly small, has concentrated on raising funds for buying Pick ‘n Pay vouchers, which have then been sent on to the Centre.
Elaine says she continually gives thanks for belonging to so generous and giving a Jewish community, singling out Glynne Wolman in particular for everything that was being done to help those most in need during these testing times.
Contributions for this CAN project should be sent to Elaine Kotton, First National Bank, Acc. No. 62103408044, Ref. Siyathanda.