Windmill Casino and Entertainment Complex has donated sewing machines to Tswellang Special School to help teach physically disabled learners’ skills for self-sustainable living.
Three learners will be taught how to make curtains, duvet covers, masks, handbags, and other items, as well as repair clothing and zippers, on the Janome 52 machines. After a year of being trained in sewing skills, if the learners can prove their ability to create a basic product, such as a shopping bag, they will receive their own sewing machine valued at R2 900, which will enable them to earn an income.
Verna Vorster, principal at Tswellang Special School, said Windmill’s generosity had touched the hearts of those at the school. “This donation will make a significant difference to the lives of our learners with physical disabilities, providing them with valuable vocational skills and empowering them to express their creativity and independence,” she said. “We are immensely grateful.”
Windmill Casino General Manager Johan Oosthuizen said the entertainment complex was pleased to contribute to the learners’ development through learning of a meaningful skill which could serve their future.
“Sun International is committed to social upliftment and believes in supporting local communities where we operate. Education is one of our focus areas and we hope these sewing machines will change lives for the Tswellang learners,” Oosthuizen said.
The learners will be followed up with regularly to ensure they are meeting the requirements, and if they require support, appropriate action will be taken.
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