A message concerning Morester Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) recently circulated on social media platforms claiming the children’s home is in a state of crisis.
The viral message pronounced that the home is in dire need of food, disposable nappies, and masks. Further claiming 13 children, five office staff and three house mothers had tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, the message further said, “More results are coming in as Department of health is continuing with testing. There are 150 children and 35 staff there. It is now closed and they cannot leave the premises.”
However, after speaking with the facility manager, Ntombenhle Mdakane, the Newcastillian – Online News learned that the child and youth care facility is not only running smoothly, but the facts contained in the message are ridiculously inaccurate.
“Morester CYCC Newcastle would like to inform the community that all information contained in this message bears no relation to our facility. Our facility has the capacity to care for 60 children aged between 7 and 18 years old. We do not have babies/children who use nappies,” declared Mdakane. Further explaining that the management team confirms that none of Morester CYCC Newcastle children has ever been diagnosed with COVID 19. “Neither do we have staff who are currently infected with the virus.”
Moreover, Mdakane highlights that the management team is working diligently to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, she says, “We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this situation. We would like to assure everyone that all our children are safe, and that Morester CYCC Newcastle is in full operation.”
Discussing a genuine issue, Mdakane explains that the home has noted a drop in donations and sponsorships over the year as a result of the pandemic. Housing and caring for 27 children, she points out that while Morester Child and Youth Care Centre does receive government funding, further assistance ensures the children are well-cared for. Community members can make donations of winter clothing, food and financial sponsorships. All of which, Mdakane assures, will be used for the children. “We would also like to thank the community of Newcastle for your continued support and love.”
As Ntombenhle Mdakane clears up the air around the viral message, be sure to make a difference by contacting the children’s home today. And to those depraved souls with nothing better to do than spread fake news about a children’s home, we hope you get a cramp in your bum.
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