Joint initiative to help the needy

2016-09-08 06:00
Photo: supplied Members of the different organisations seen at the launch.

Photo: supplied Members of the different organisations seen at the launch.

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THE Tongaat South Vishnu Temple (TSVT), Continental Funeral Services of Tongaat, the Buffelsdale Primary Soul Buddyz Club and the Tongaat Hindu unity Forum formed a partnership and launched an initiative to help the indigent in the community.

The TSVT currently provides meals to schools and the community regularly as well as much-needed yeomen services over the years.

The project was launched after a Buffelsdale Primary pupil died and the family needed support. The Soul Buddyz, the school and TSVT rallied support for the family.

Sonalia Govender, a member of the Soul Buddyz Club, said that they identified a need to provide a dignified funeral for many people in the community who could not manage to financially support themselves.

The club initiated the process to make this a reality. They consulted and thereafter formed a partnership with the relevant stakeholders.

The chairperson of the Tongaat Hindu Unity Forum, Sri Vedananda, said at the launch on Saturday at the Tongaat South Vishnu Temple that the forum is in negotiations with relevant stakeholders to make this service accessible to as many individuals and families in their communities.

The programme identifies indigent families, pays for a funeral policy which ensures some dignity for the person’s loved ones in the eventuality of a death.

“We extend our appreciation to Continental Funeral Services who presently, besides a low premium, are also subsidising a portion of that premium making this an extremely affordable service,” he said.

“The programme was launched with two families, but with interest from the forums affiliates may grow to support many hundreds of people.”

Any person or organisation who requires assistance or is willing to sponsor a recipient, may contact the Tongaat Hindu Unity Forum Vedananda 083 3840 190 / or Yogan Naidoo 083 787 7510 /

- Supplied.

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