Blankets given to fend off the cold

2015-06-17 06:00
A GROUP of men in the mine dwelling that received blankets as a gesture of goodwill from the Goldfields Muslim Jamaat in Welkom.

A GROUP of men in the mine dwelling that received blankets as a gesture of goodwill from the Goldfields Muslim Jamaat in Welkom.

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GROUP of people enduring poor living conditions within Goldfields towns has received a worthy donation of blankets to help them fend off the icy winter.

The donation is a gesture of goodwill by the Goldfields Muslim Jamaat in Welkom, through its Operation Winter Warm social responsibility initiative.

This gesture of goodwill saw the organisation donating 500 blankets to needy people, adults and children living in dire conditions in residential settlements of the Goldfields towns of Welkom and Odendaalsrus.

The recipients include adults making ends meet by scavenging on landfill sites in Welkom and Odendaalsrus and at facilities of dysfunctional mines and homeless children roaming the streets for food and shelter.

The organisation’s team, led by Moosa Bhamjee, Hassen Parker, Rajab Khumalo, Mohammed Nanabai and Ali Dada, reached scores of people who reside in informal settlements in Kutlwanong, Odendaalsrus, Freedom Square and Hani Park. They also visited an old-age home on 6 June.

The donation of blankets is done annually and this year it started in May.

Zaid Hatia of the Goldfields Muslim Jamaat said the donation was in response to the call made during prayer service to help underprivileged people in a spirit of goodwill.

“Islam teaches us that whoever is kind and merciful to the creation of the Almighty, he the Almighty will be kind to,” he said

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