The Paul Jungnickel home for adults with disabilities in the east of Pretoria recently received a donation of more than R200 000 from the Prominent Paint Group’s colourful communities initiative for refurbishment.
“We are delighted to not only help transform walls and the environment through our project – but the lives of those who live at this special needs home. Our employees are always eager to focus their efforts on things that matter inside and outside the office and this project certainly ticks all the boxes,” the paint group’s financial director in SA Nico Bonthuyzen said.
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“Properly painted walls in the right colours can contribute positively to the creation of an environment in which residents of the home can feel more calm and comfortable. There is no doubt this has been achieved through this exercise.”
Another significant part of the refurbishment was the creation of a tree of remembrance for residents who had passed away over the years.
“A colourful mural was painted in a high traffic area in the home and each name has been added to a leaf on the mural – a touching reminder of those who were loved and lost,” he said.
Bonthuyzen said the pledge to assist Kungwini Welfare Organisation – under which the home falls – was made in 2018 to better the lives of the residents.
“When we invest in projects like this we take a long-term approach and with paint that lasts up to seven years – we feel confident that our legacy will be enjoyed by many – for many years to come,” said Bonthuyzen.
Kungwini marketing manager Karin Berriman said residents were pleased to see how the home had transformed.
“When our residents saw how their home has been transformed their faces told a story – it’s been astonishing to see their joy and excitement.”
Beriiman further thanked the paint company for its generosity and investment in the project.
The cost of the refurbishments amounted to a total of R297 000 and took three days to be completed by 40 volunteers including staff, customers and suppliers.
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