CSI funding required for special needs school playground
In 2019 a business called The Kids Gym opened its doors in Cape Town. The concept was to offer a kids’ version of Virgin Active for children of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. The business was a huge success but unfortunately became one of the many casualties that succumbed to the pandemic. As part of the business model a parallel project was established through Physical Literacy for Children which would enable the facilities, equipment and expertise to be available to those that could not afford to pay for access and more specifically for under-resourced schools to have access during the mornings. Molenbeek Special Needs School was one of the schools that participated in the project and brought 90 children to the facilities every week for 2 years. Apart from this being a highlight for the children, great progress was seen in their overall development.
Since the Kids Gym closed at the beginning of 2021 – the equipment has been in storage – pending a plan for its use. Some of the equipment and specifically the specialised hi-quality Playground Equipment has now recently been donated from the company to PL4C who would like to donate it to Molenbeek Special Needs School who currently have NO equipment.
THE FUNDING REQUIREMENT
The equipment is high quality imported equipment from some of Europe’s top playground manufacturers namely Hags (Sweden) and Stilum (Germany).To import this equipment new today would cost close to a million rand and in addition to the cost of the equipment the installation is a big expense. Installation must be done by the official agent of the equipment and has to meet obvious safety standards and importantly the ground-work preparation and finished surface must be specific. Whilst the equipment is available to the school at no cost – the cost for preparation of the site and installation is considerable.
There are seven pieces of equipment, all of which have different installation requirements. The master plan is to design a PLAY PARK AREA – which is cohesive once it is completed, even if we complete the project in phases, it will be based on a complete plan.
Whilst the equipment is donated the cost to install it safely and securely is quite substantial.
Preparing and leveling the ground, laying the slab and covering the area with either rubberized tiles or artificial grass are the main costs and this is an area of 500sqm so it’s a large area to cover.
The total cost for installing is estimated to be R500,000
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