Many needy people supported

2015-08-12 06:00
BABY LANGE (left) and Father Lazarus Mohapi, dean of the Cathedral of St Andrew and St Michael in Bloemfontein, with blankets donated by Grey College for distribution to the needy.

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BABY LANGE (left) and Father Lazarus Mohapi, dean of the Cathedral of St Andrew and St Michael in Bloemfontein, with blankets donated by Grey College for distribution to the needy. Photo: Supplied

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VOLUNTARY work by one of its parishioners has grown to such an extent that the Anglican Cathedral of St Andrew and St Michael in Bloemfontein has now adopted it as part of its outreach programme.

For many years Baby Lange has been handing out food (and clothing, when available) to needy people in the city in her personal capacity. With limited funds at her disposal, she purchases food (fruit and vegetables) which she hands out on a monthly basis to the poor and destitute.

Her work has now become part of the social responsibility programme the church has been engaged in for the past 30 years which is aimed at assisting people living in shelters.

This, however, has not stopped Baby from continuing her work among the unemployed and those needing food and clothes. She has vowed to do so for as long as her health allows.

One of her clients lives with her son in a small room. She is a diabetic and her son is a learner at a local school. Baby assisted by writing a letter to the principal on behalf of the family and this has resulted in the school accommodating the child free of charge. Her daughter, Riana, lives with her husband and four children in a little cottage in a backyard. The husband is unemployed and walks long distances every day looking for work, which he has not yet been able to find.

Among her clients are also a couple and their four children who live in a one-roomed flat. They are solely dependent on the husband’s meagre monthly income which – after rent, schooling and electricity – leaves very little for food.

About 2 or 3 kilometres from Dr Visser School there is also a high level of poverty and unemployment. On the last Sunday of the month, Baby and her husband, Paul, buy and take food to this community.

The church operates a feeding scheme on a budget of R3 000 a month. Donations (canned food, fruit and vegetables and clothes or cash) would be appreciated

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