Diwali committee feeds needy families

2016-11-03 06:01
Photo: supplied Flamingo Senior Citizens’ Club members receiving foods hampers from the Tongaat Diwali Celebration Committee.

Photo: supplied Flamingo Senior Citizens’ Club members receiving foods hampers from the Tongaat Diwali Celebration Committee.

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THE Tongaat Diwali Celebration Committee (TDCC) distributed 300 food hampers to the needy families in Tongaat recently.

The intention was to provide community service to all residents and assist those in need.

Chairperson of the TDCC Prem Misthry said: “Last year’s Diwali hamper distribution was a remarkable success. The TDCC spread a little cheer this year by contributing another 400 food hamper drive. The organisation’s main objectives are to provide a community service - irrespective of race, religion, colour, language or political affiliation,” he said.

Misthry said each hamper contained 2kg rice, 2.5kg white sugar, 2.5kg cake flour and 2lt cooking oil.

“However, in order to provide such a service, funds are needed. Over the years, we have made every effort to collect funds to enable us to provide for those in need. With the passing of years, this becomes more difficult. The present state of economy and retrenchments are some of the reason for this. I would like to thank the sponsors, management and staff of the TDCC ” he said.

A Belvedere resident Margaret Naidoo (64) said: “Residents in Watsonia are struggling to make ends meet, but today they got something to put on the table. The Tongaat Celebration Committee brought smiles to the people of Watsonia and we really appreciate it. I hope next year we will make the target of 180 000 for Diwali hampers,” she said.

For more information call Prem Misthry on 032 944 5013 or 082 458 1030.

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