Promoting unity and diversity

2016-03-03 06:00
Members of MATTCH hand out meals to the community of Riet River at the weekend. Photo: supplied

Members of MATTCH hand out meals to the community of Riet River at the weekend. Photo: supplied

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MULTI-DENOMINATION organisation MATTCH held an outreach programme in Riet River, Verulam at the weekend.

Mattch chairman, Captain Thomas Naidoo said the organisation aimed to help needy persons in various­ communities around Durban.

“We have been existing without a name, but we are in the process of having the organisation registered as an NPO,” said Naidoo.

“We feed the needy, do hamper and stationery drives. We go to the hospitals and prepare food for those waiting in queues at public hospitals.”

The name Mattch stands for the various religious groups and aims to create unity in society. The organisation is run with donations and sponsorship of its members.

The organisation first started its work when Naidoo was working in KwaMashu and saw the levels of poverty­ people were living in.

“I started this there and it grew and now we do outreach all over,” said Naidoo­.

Naidoo said they hope to grow and involve more youth and look towards assisting underprivileged people with bursaries and assistance with schooling.

At the weekend’s events Mattch provided meals and beverages to over 400 people.

They also provided music from different­ cultures and the rainbow-coloured marquee for people to enjoy their meals under was representative of the unity of the different cultures they want to unite.

“We want to promote unity and peace and caring for each other from day to day and making a positive dent in people’s lives,” said Naidoo.

Anyone who wants to get involved in Mattch or for more information can contact Naidoo on 083 510 5944 or Captain Rooplall on 082 460 5952.

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