The towns of Paarl and Wellington are revealing the deep compassion that lies at the heart of their communities during the lockdown period by providing shelter and food to the homeless, elderly and vulnerable children.
According to CEO Annelize Stroebel, they have been overwhelmed by the generosity and commitment shown by businesses and the NGO sector. “I have always believed that a closed hand is unable to receive, while an open hand can be filled to overflowing and the past two weeks have been testament to that. We have been humbled by the compassion and contributions made throughout our region and would sincerely like to thank all involved. The crisis is however not yet over and we urge communities to continue with their support. We would like to encourage you to make contributions from the safety of their homes to ensure that we can continue to provide meals and improve food security in our much-loved region. We pay tribute to the charities that have been working around the clock during this time and have provided their banking details.”
Visit Paarl and Visit Wellington had the privilege of assisting the ABSA Cape Epic to distribute food and meals to the race’s host towns of 2020 after this year’s race was cancelled due to the Corona virus pandemic. This tremendous gift was eagerly received and was used to provide some relief to seven organisations in our region that take care of less privileged children and the elderly.
The non-profit organisation HEART caters for 200 registered children and elderly people at their two food kitchens in Hillside and Smartie Town. They have succeeded in stretching their meals during the past two weeks to accommodate many more people in need. Frozen meals from the Cape Epic have been bulked up with meat, potatoes and vegetables and delivered with trollies to eagerly awaiting clients. For many people, these daily meals have been a blessing as their cupboards are bare. Businesses such as Lebombo have donated 8000 plastic containers to be used as take-away containers, which makes dishing up and delivery much faster. Aunty Pat’s Nederburg Soup Kitchen normally provides meals to 200 vulnerable individuals daily, but with HEART’s support they have doubled their meals for the first week of the lockdown and also received gas refills. Visit their @HEARTNPO on Facebook for more information or contact +27 (0) 62 537 5206.
FNB 627 457 57940/ Cheque 250655/ +27 (0) 62 537 5206
Drakenstein Municipality has been working around the clock to support communities in need through soup kitchens and shelters. They have also established donation and distribution networks and strategically erected water tanks in the 41 informal settlements in the region. These tanks are filled regularly to provide water for drinking and washing hands.
The municipality’s soup kitchen project was a well-established operation servicing eleven points throughout the municipal area before the Corona crisis and subsequent national lockdown. Over 900 people are registered at these kitchens and provincial assistance will help the local government to provide additional food resources through food hampers.
The Paarl fire station in Berg River Boulevard has been identified by the municipality as a central point for receiving and distributing donations from the public. A drive-through system is in place and donations of food, soap and essential supplies can be dropped off without leaving your vehicle between 8:00 and 17:00 from Monday to Friday (weekends and public holidays excluded). Members of the public are encouraged to purchase items that can be distributed to the needy. All donations and distributions are logged meticulously. Items required are hand sanitisers, hand soaps, face masks, disposable gloves, cleaning materials such as bleach, any disinfectants, washing powder, hand paper towels, toiletries including sanitary pads, white A4 paper in ream packaging, non-perishable foods, long-life milk, toilet paper, roll-up mattresses, bottled water and blankets.
They also have a list of food items that will assist in feeding a family of four for a month. This list of food items have been drawn up with the help of a nutritionists as they need to keep their community healthy. Should you be able to donate a complete hamper or part there of it will help them tremendously. Click here to find a list of these items.
The municipality’s Project Homeless initiative has prepared three temporary shelters for the homeless during lockdown at Paarl Thusong Centre, Wellington Town Hall and Huguenot Hall in Wellington. The homeless receive soap and water, blankets and three meals a day. They also receive medical support for prior medical conditions. The SPCA is taking care of their dogs during lockdown and staff from the Department of Health are also lending a hand.
Ma’s vir Wellington has launched a ‘Helping without hurting’ initiative to gift shopping vouchers to the value of R350 to their beneficiaries. The vouchers can be redeemed at designated shops for selected food items. This programme normally offers day-care facilities to 147 pre-schoolers in Wellington’s less-privileged community with the help of 57 community volunteers.
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ABSA 919 322 0237/ Savings/ 632005/ +27 (0) 84 797 8899
Social investment non-profit VALCARE is also doing a campaign to support soup kitchens and to provide non-profit members with food parcels. A R350 donation is used to create a basic balanced food parcel supplementing a family of four for one month. The packs also contain soap and Covid-19 information leaflets. Designated organisations coordinate the distribution process in communities like Mbekweni, New Rest, Wellington, Lantana, Chicago, Klapmuts, Simondium and Gouda. Visit their Valcare FB page for more information.
Donations can be made by EFT: COVID-19 SUPPORT/ FNB/ 627 194 400 84/ 250655 or Credit Card online: valcare.org.za/ donatenow.