The Talksure event with Greedy Buddha and Bloom Centre for Children with Special Needs was a massive success!
Starting off with cocktails on the rooftop of the Talksure building in Umhlanga, playing pool, darts, basketball and beer pong all in the name of raising funds for Bloom Centre – followed by a five-course dinner reinvented from The Greedy Buddha restaurant.
A sax player and DJ ensured the dance floor was full all the way up to midnight and the auction raised much-needed funds for Bloom Centre. A magical evening, that’s for sure! Bloom is eternally grateful to Talksure for their generosity towards our incredible school and also to the community for supporting this spectacular event, we look forward to next year!
“Bloom Therapy Centre and School is a haven of peace and joy to the “extra special” people in our community. Bloom was founded in 2014 with 6 special needs learners off a faith-inspired dream of founder Nicola Stirton who is a director of Bloom and a qualified Occupational Therapist.
Bloom has recently moved to their very own premises on the R102 called Bloom Village, bordering Umhlali Preparatory School.
Bloom consists of three Autism Specific Classes, two Mixed Disability Classes and a Mainstream learner pre-school. In total there are 46 learners who spend their days learning, exploring and achieving the impossible within a nurturing school environment. The youngest learner currently attending Bloom is three years old and our eldest is 16 years old.
Bloom School is carried by 32 passionate staff who think and teach out the box, and develop strategies and initiatives to release each learner’s true potential.
Special needs is very misunderstood, and due to not having enough understanding people feel uncomfortable and reserved about engaging and interacting with special needs people.
As a school, the Bloom team hopes to break down these barriers and build a bridge of understanding between the community and their interaction with the special needs community.
Bloom Centre is an NPO and relies on fundraising to cover monthly running costs. It is through the support of the local community that Bloom is able to exist.
How can you help?
- If you are able to assist with any services ie: plumbing, electrical, building etc., we always need assistance.
- If you would like to, you can help fund parts of the long-term dream and vision.
- If you are able to donate equipment to our vocational unit – ie: woodworking tools, machinery, industrial sewing machines etc.
- Please support our fundraisers and community integration projects – follow us on Facebook, Instagram and our website www.bloomcentre.co.za.
- We are currently looking to build a large sandpit area with a concrete mud kitchen – if you can assist in any way, we would be most grateful.