Initiative makes every life count

2016-04-05 06:00
Photo: supplied Cityhope general manager, Lori Reardon (second left), and Hillcrest Aids Centre staff with the hope kits.

Photo: supplied Cityhope general manager, Lori Reardon (second left), and Hillcrest Aids Centre staff with the hope kits.

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DEEPLY moved by a documentary about starving Somalian refugees and their families facing terrorism and civil war in 2012, Donovan Baney and his wife Hayley decided to pool their resources and start a disaster relief organisation - Cityhope Disaster Relief - for people in desperate circumstances due to natural and man-made catastrophes.

Cityhope Disaster Relief is in its fourth year of operation and is a fully operational NPO with a unique mission – to partner with organisations, businesses and church groups to provide relief aid as and when disaster strikes.

Over the past four years Cityhope immersed itself into providing assistance to local and international relief missions such as the Somalian food crisis and Malawian floods in 2014, the Slovoville fire disaster, the xenophobic attacks last year, and more recently, providing aid to hundreds of families fleeing from Syria to Greece as a result of violence and civil warfare in their country.

“Cityhope’s mission is to partner with those who share our values and mission, that is to provide urgent relief aid to those who find themselves in desperate circumstances irrespective of their culture, race or religious backgrounds.

“We have a volunteer base of over 200 willing people and generous donors who have committed themselves to our cause and who are ready to ‘down tools’ and jump into relief effort initiatives where it will help those in critical need,” said new Cityhope general manager, Lori Reardon.

The organisation ensures that readily available “hope kits”, comprising basic necessities including blankets, raincoats, food items and simple medical supplies, are stocked, stored and ready for distribution as and when a disaster occurs.

Cityhope’s relief team, partners, donors and volunteers then co-ordinate the allocation of these kits as well as other vital items to the disaster areas where they are involved in helping victims and providing assistance.

Cityhope Disaster Relief relies totally on the generosity of those who are willing to contribute towards helping thousands who suddenly find themselves in a desperate situation - be it a tsunami, an earthquake or political unrest causing major distress for innocent families, Cityhope wants to get involved.

Join Cityhope today in its mission - to make the load lighter and help rebuild the road to recovery because every life matters.

Donate funds or sign up as a volunteer on www.cityhope.co.za

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