Library upgrade



May 18, 2016
Library upgrade

John Nicholson and MEC Anroux Marais. CREDIT: Patrick Louw

A Cape Flats dad who was hailed a national hero after he converted his backyard into a library gets government donations.

The Cape Flats dad who was hailed a national hero after he converted his backyard into a library was visited by the MEC of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, yesterday.

In March the Daily Voice brought you the heartwarming story of John Nicholson, 50, who invited his neighbourhood’s laaities to come and read at the makeshift library at his Hillview home.

After John’s story went viral on social media, he received thousands of books from donors.

Yesterday, MEC Marais came to see what the fuss was all about.

John began his project, “Omegaview”, more than 10 years ago.

The self-employed upholsterer and dad of two also feeds the more than 30 children whenever he can afford to.

An impressed Marais said her department would be donating two bikes to help John with his cycling club initiative as well as some sporting equipment.

“I read about John in the newspaper and I think this is a wonderful venture, he is amazing,” she tells Daily Voice.

“He does this in an area like Lavender Hill which is ridden with gangs and poverty.

“I want to say thank you to John for what he is doing.”

John was also given posters and various other reading tools from the Western Cape library services.

And now there are plans to expand to a coffee shop and feeding scheme.

This week the grateful dad also received stacks of wood, which will be turned into bookshelves.

“I have collected 25 cycling kits but we have no bikes as yet,” he explains humbly.

John told the MEC they still needed an internet connection and a computer for the kids to do their homework research on.

If you would like to assist, call John on 074 695 4191.

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