Blanket drive to keep needy warm

2016-06-01 06:00
HAPPY to help are from the left, front: Phemelo Rautenheimer, Bondo Molefi, Vana ya Osei-Fofie , Grace Fletcher, Elzanne Pol, Ralph Moller, Valentino Poone and Kyle Franks; back: Lt. Sergio Kock, Lt. Lydia Tsoone, Henry Vos (Men for Change), Paul Manwedi (Men for Change), WO Michael Frans, Stienie Mangiola (Christian Brothers College), Philadelphia Babi (Diamond Pavilion Mall) and Khumoe Maroro.  Photo: Biopelo Mere

HAPPY to help are from the left, front: Phemelo Rautenheimer, Bondo Molefi, Vana ya Osei-Fofie , Grace Fletcher, Elzanne Pol, Ralph Moller, Valentino Poone and Kyle Franks; back: Lt. Sergio Kock, Lt. Lydia Tsoone, Henry Vos (Men for Change), Paul Manwedi (Men for Change), WO Michael Frans, Stienie Mangiola (Christian Brothers College), Philadelphia Babi (Diamond Pavilion Mall) and Khumoe Maroro. Photo: Biopelo Mere

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THE Diamond Pavilion Mall, together with the South African Police Service and PEP Stores, hope to raise over 40 000 blankets which, if converted into square metres, is the approximate size of the Diamond Pavilion Mall.

With that winter slowly approaching, the stakeholders engaged in the fifth year of the Keep Me Warm Keep Me Safe Blanket Drive in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

According to a press statement from Lt. Sergio Kock, the target has been raised ever since the inception of the project in 2011.

That is all thanks to the size of the Diamond Pavilion Mall being expanded over the past two years.

“The blanket drive is assisted by sponsors from several non-governmental organisations, schools, faith-based organisations, government departments and the community and has already collected 25 000 blankets to date,” according to the statement.

Kock further stated that PEP Stores in the Diamond Pavilion Mall avails the blankets at discounted prices, which brings the campaign to just over R1,3 million worth of blankets collected.

“This is truly a community project aimed at keeping the community safe and warm.”

The blankets are distributed to the underprivileged, faith-based organisations, orphanages, the SPCA, homeless persons and hospitals.

Further distributions are made in disaster situations in and around the Northern Cape, Free State and also in the Lesotho area.

The distributions, according to the statement, run concurrent with safety campaigns where the blanket recipients are taught how to keep them and their loved ones safe.

The blanket drive team utilises entrance points at national and provincial cricket and soccer matches for blanket collections.

The SAPS Men for Change (MFC) held a drive over the weekend of 20 May at the Diamond Pavilion Mall where learners and teachers of the Christian Brothers College (CBC) handed over almost 130 blankets they had collected at their school for this very important cause.

CBC challenges all businesses, schools and churches to beat their contribution.

The Diamond Pavilion Mall availed a store for all collected blankets, adding that the community is also welcome to donate surplus used blankets they have at home.

Anyone who intends donating to the drive can contact Amanda Barra, marketing manager of the Diamond Pavilion Mall, on 053-832-9200.

The team sincerely thanks all the donors for their selfless contributions toward the drive and also for making a tangible difference in the community.

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