Unica market now in Zwavelpoort Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 October 2015 10:11
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Unica is celebrating its 30th market. This will be the first Christmas market to be held at Casa Social Da Madeira on the Boschkop Road in Zwavelpoort.

Festivities kick off with a cocktail function and wine auction on 5 November at 7 pm. The market will be held from 6 to 15 November from 9 am to 8 pm daily and from 9 am to 4 pm on Sundays. There are more than 200 exhibitors with quality, hand-picked items at reasonable prices. All proceeds go towards Unica School.

Unica focuses on the educational needs of learners with autism spectrum disorders. Autism influences the way in which individuals relate to our world. These individuals reflect qualitative impairments in reciprocal social interaction, language and communication as well as in behaviour. They also experience severe sensory impairments.

According to school principal, dr Cobie Lombard, the incidence of this condition is on the increase worldwide. The latest international figures suggest a prevalence of 1 in 88 births.

Unica School accommodates 110 learners between the ages of three and 18. Although the severity may vary, all learners are in need of highly individualized and specialized programmes. Specialized educational strategies are used to make the curriculum accessible to learners and to facilitate optimal development.

Unica School receives partial assistance from the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE).

Unfortunately this subsidy is insufficient and the school is responsible for raising funds to cover costs that are not financed by the GDE.

Funding is required for sponsorships of needy learners for school, hostel and bus fees, maintenance of building and grounds, transportation, salaries for much needed additional staff, in-service training and general running costs.

Casa Social Da Madeira is on plot 34, Zwavelpoort on the Boschkop Road, close to the T-junction with Lynnwood Road extension. Phone the market organisers at 082-905-6531.


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