Last week, staff from Granny B’s Old Fashioned Paint volunteered their time and applied a lot of elbow grease to assist with renovations at The Johannesburg Children’s Home.
The Johannesburg Children’s Home provides safe refuge to 64 children aged between 3 to 18 years old, who have suffered physical, sexual or emotional abuse, severe neglect and even abandonment.
Like many Non-Profit Organisations and public benefit organisations that solely rely on state subsidies and donations, budgets are very tight. Consequently, the need for overhauls to the buildings on the ground, such as paintwork end up not being a high priority, when compared to the safety and care of the children.
Between Tuesday, 4 December and Friday, 7 December volunteers from Granny B and Just Different (a Granny B stockist) brought some early festive cheer to the children of the home, while also working hard to get some of the renovations at the centre done. This included refurbishing five bedrooms, by fixing and painting the children’s bedroom cupboards doors, using the Granny B chalk-finish paint that was a best match for the kids’ favourite colours.
“We painted the inside of all the cupboard doors black, so the children now have their own chalkboard inside their cupboards for to-do lists and the like,” says Granny B’s Old Fashioned Paint’s Managing Director, Yolande Terblanche. “We also painted all of the bedroom doors and got each of the beds some colourful linen as well as new pillows, which matches their choices of cupboard colours.”
Terblanche adds: “We welcome any other volunteers and sponsorships, as we tackle the other six houses in the new year.”
While Granny B’s Old Fashioned Paint was used for the majority of these revamps, Terblanche also stated that the team received a generous sponsorship from Jack’s Paint Bryanston for wall paint and enamel. As a result, they managed to give all of the bedroom walls a fresh lick of paint as well.
Fiona Duke, Head of Operations at The Johannesburg Children’s Home adds: “On behalf of The Johannesburg Children’s Home, I would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers at Granny B’s Old Fashioned Paint for donating so much of their time and effort to help make the home more special for our children. They are all quite excited about their stylish new surroundings, their blackboard cupboards, and the Granny B paint they received, enabling them to continue working on the art project that is run at the home.”