The KZN Lotto ran successfully for five years (1992 – 1996), during which time a significant amount of funds was accrued for charitable donation.
Operation Jumpstart Association was established to manage these funds and identify opportunities within the province to contribute to worthy causes, initially with focus on grass-roots educational facilities including school classrooms, creches and adult education centres.
Since its inception in 1992, Operation Jumpstart Association (OJA) is proud to have been associated with many projects which have improved the lives of the individuals and communities in the province.
Development Stages of OJA
In April 1998, the OJA Board of Directors decided to establish Community Care Centres (CCC), a non-profit organization (NPO) with an associated management board, as its primary vehicle for implementation.
A Community Care Centre will typically provide several interventions including a safe haven for victims and vulnerable people, counselling and care and education or training initiatives. They offer a safety net for the most vulnerable members of our society.
In funding and mentoring Community Care Centres, Operation Jumpstart Association seeks to educate and inform the public, to let them know that there are places where assistance can be found and to encourage communities to start their own initiatives.
In July 2000, another programme named Wheelchairs KZN (WKZN) was established in response to the need to restore some mobility and dignity to those who genuinely could not afford to purchase their own wheelchairs.