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Sunday, January 17, 2021


The Street Lit Durban project has just received the donation of a lifetime – literally a room full of brilliant books thanks to the uber-generous team from Downsideup South Africa.

DownSideUp is a KZN non-profit company focused on creating awareness, furthering education and providing support for people with Down Syndrome and their families. It connects more than 50 local families, all with family members with Down Syndrome.

They recently held a fundraiser selling good books at Sica's Guest House, as an income generator and awareness creation project for the organisation. Books were all donated by generous members of the public to DownSideUp.

“The #book sale had run its course, and we were gifted the surplus books. But the books are far from left-overs – a brilliant selection of great novels, children’s books, autobiographies, cookery books, business and educational texts, and more: including signed copies and current best sellers,” says organiser Illa Thompson.

(Janus, Kelly, Nicholas & Ethan Horn)

“We were invited by Janus and Kelly Horn who were very happy to donate the books to us as Janus had an enduring friendship with Archbishop Denis Hurley. Janus and Kelly are directors of DownSideUp. Their son, Nicholas, an avid reader, has Down Syndrome.

“Now we just have to find space in our St John’s store-room for them! So dear readers – do us a favour and buy LOTS of books from our vendors! With lockdown continuing, now is the perfect time to disappear into the pages of a great novel…..and we have hundreds!

“Thank you DownSideUp – we are enormously grateful and will support you in any way that we can going forward,” concludes Thompson.

For more information on StreetLit Durban Shopping & Retail, check it out on Facebook or contact 078 038 1517.