Net Vir Pret Building Extension, Progress Report No.4 27.05.14

When last we wrote (09.03.14) we were fast running out of funds and in fact soon after we called in our builder and asked him to inform our workers that we would be shutting down the site at the end of the week. The walls were up but the roof wasn’t on yet, the floors not laid, the doors weren’t hung, the windows weren’t glazed.
But in this depressing situation some wonderful people stepped forward to help. Carmel and Michael Chanarin and Brian Wides and family again gave generously, Jenny Parsons, Rebecca Spence, Chris Beer, Rene Weinum, EDSA, Geoff Budlender and Anne Page all came forward, the latter two for the second time.
interior renovation at net vir pretThen we took a big step forward when the King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium awarded a magnificent R93 600. Meanwhile, in Canterbury, long-time Net vir Pret friend Marion Barton held a fundraising event at her home which brought in funds to pay for the interior staircase linking the two floors.
All this support saved the day. We are delighted to report that thanks to you the roof is on, the doors hung, the windows glazed, the staircase built, the plumbing and electrics in place and soon the new Net vir Pret will start taking shape.

We are presently putting final touches to the building; skirting, flashing, fascia boards, painting, sanding, varnishing. Peter Simon has kindly provided warm and durable carpet tiles for the upper floor and will bring wooden flooring for the bottom when we’re ready.
The truth is that we have once more run out of cash but feel we can’t stop now; so we are borrowing from other funds to finish in the hope that we will be able to restore these later.

Derek’s contact details: (home) 028 5721979; (cell) 073 26 44 399; (email)

renovations-interiorThose who have helped so far: the late Lyn Alison; Zoe Wicomb; Michael & Carmel Chanarin; Brian Wides & family; Clive Strawbridge; Andew Whittingdale; Marion Barton; Daniel Barton; EA Storey; P Gurney; A Stone; M Wyld; Clive Nel; Joachim Bittkau; Willie van der Berg; Lynn Hilton; Sharon Dean; Enrique Zapata; R Brown; M Whitman; Janet Vaux; Ruth Thackeray; A Ockleford; Tela Zasloff; David & Susan Hall; Cheryl Walker; Oona Xoxo; Tanya Barben; D-Tox Cycling Club; Loraine Cripwell; Peter Simon; The Dragon School (UK); The Orchard School (Canterbury); Education for Democracy in South Africa; Pierre le Grange; Joyce Minnie; Daniel Southey; Jean du Plessis; Atma; Anne Page; Kim van Lingen; Geoff Budlender; Mitzi & Nils Hugo; Riekie Harm; Chabad de Jaeger; Nigel Hewitt; Heidi Nel; Richard & Heather Glasstone; Dick & Leila Pointer; Leon McLintock; Dennis Riley; Adrianne Blue; Terri Williams; Leslie Howard; John Sacks, Chris & Margie Middleton; a group of US tourists; Jenny Parsons;Anne Page; the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium); Rebecca Spence; Christopher Beer; Rene Weinum.


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