KZN ScienCentre Hands over donation to SA Guide Dogs Association

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Attention

10 January 2012

 

KZN ScienCentre Hands over donation to SA Guide Dogs Association

 

The KZN ScienCentre handed over a cheque worth R2454.10 to the SA Guide Dog Association at the ScienCentre’s premises in the Gateway Theatre of Shopping on Wednesday, 11 January 2012. The SA Guide Dog Association played a central role in the KZN ScienCentre’s December 2011 ‘Science Makes Sense’ holiday programme, collaborating with the educators at the Centre to host the ‘Significance of Sight’ workshops.

 

According to Nazley Kast, Acting Education Manager at the KZN ScienCentre, “the donation is a small contribution that we as a non-profit organization (NPO) can make towards the tremendous cause of a fellow NPO. Their involvement in our December 2011 holiday programme, which centered on creating awareness about the five senses, managed to educate our many visitors about blindness and the lives of those who experience this impairment”.

 

The ‘Significance of Sight’ workshops that were held during December were aimed creating awareness around one of our five senses – sight. Since most people take for granted their ability to see and the effect that seeing has on our everyday lives, the workshop was intended to introduce participants to blindness through a number of fun-filled activities, one of which was Blind Man’s Bluff. Here, visitors explored the KZN ScienCentre touch and feel maze without their sense of sight. After a presentation and demonstration by representatives from the SA Guide Dogs Association, two lucky visitors would get the chance to navigate the maze with the help of a highly trained guide dog.

 

Diane Turner of SA Guide Dog Association said that “our collaboration with the KZN ScienCentre was fantastic for raising awareness amongst children about the difficulties that blind people deal with everyday. Although it was done in a fun way, I believe that after wandering around blindfolded they really appreciated the way the Guide Dogs whizzed them around the Blind Man’s Bluff course”.

 

Those who wish to become part of the KZN ScienCentre’s online community are encouraged to ‘Like’ KZN ScienCentre on Facebook, follow @KZNScienCentre on Twitter, or visit the KZN ScienCentre at the Gateway Theatre Shopping website at www.sciencentre.co.za. As a registered non-profit organization, all funds received by the KZN ScienCentre directly support its educational programmes and exhibits. For further enquiries, the KZN ScienCentre front desk can be contacted on 031-5668040.

 

Ends

 

Issued on behalf of: KZN ScienCentre at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping

 

Press release compiled by:

Rob Evans

 

Disseminated by:

Olivia Jones Communications

 

For more information please contact:

 

Olivia Jones Communications

Work 031 303 9341

Email media@oliviajones.co.za

 

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