Although SA Lube is a long time supporter of LITTLE EDEN, many of their employees were not aware of this. So the company organised for senior staff to visit our Domitilla and Danny Hyams Home recently.
To say that the visit was an eye opener is a huge understatement! These people had not previously interacted with children and adults affected by profound intellectual disability, and they left with mixed emotions – including renewed appreciation for their own good health and fortune in life and a huge respect for the staff at LITTLE EDEN.
“We admired the love, compassion and self-sacrifice staff showed towards the residents,” explained Sean Kirby-Smith.
Above all, he said that they found themselves falling in love with the residents. The feelings they experienced included respect, humility, joy, empathy and gratitude.
And as they drove away, Kirby-Smith says, “We had strong convictions that we need to do more – more as SA Lube; more as a team; and more as individuals within SA Lube.”
“We need to give more support and raise more awareness for LITTLE EDEN and other organisations that do so much good for people and animals.”
Kirby-Smith vowed to arrange additional visits, to give every staff member the opportunity to meet our residents and see the work that is being done. He said company employees should be proud of the good they are doing as a company, and also appealed to them individually to consider making personal contributions.
“If you all just contributed only R10 per month, it would make a huge difference to a child’s life,” he said.