Hout Bay NPO Bright Start has received a generous donation from the Sisters of Tymawr Convent in Wales.
Earlier this year, Sister Veronica Ann, who undertook mission work with children in South Africa during her illustrious career, passed away.
Hout Bay resident Penny Geyser, whose sister is a nun at the convent, put the Bright Start project forward to the Mother Superior as a possible recipient of a donation. Ms Geyser is a long-time friend of the organisation.
Bright Start received a donation of R16 300 which will be used towards the schooling of children on the programme from Imizamo Yethu and the Harbour community.
“Thank you to the sisters and Reverend Mother Gillian Mary, SSC for this most generous donation honouring the selfless vocation of Sister Veronica Ann,” said Bright Start’s Sharon Freeman.
“Currently Bright Start has 38 local children who are attending fee-paying schools. Eight of these children are in high schools, having started (with the programme) when they were five years old. One young girl has been with the German school in Cape Town for four years and this year will be part of a student exchange and will travel to Germany to spend some time with a family there. The future is certainly looking brighter for these kids.”
Sister Veronica Ann did mission work in South Africa until she and other foreign workers were thrown out by the South African government in 1958. Prayer for South Africa was a central part of her life of prayer.