A mountain of love given on Heritage Day

2015-09-30 06:00
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The ‘A Young Lady with Heart 2015’ semi-finalists at the breakfast club run by MNCP at Ezinketheni on Heritage Day.

PHOTO: supplied The ‘A Young Lady with Heart 2015’ semi-finalists at the breakfast club run by MNCP at Ezinketheni on Heritage Day.

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THE Young Ladies with Heart semi-finalists spent Heritage Day with Mama Ntombi’s Community Project (MNCP) visiting the community that MNCP supports.

The girls arrived at the MNCP with a trailer filled with items they collected during their individual fund-raising drives they held in their communities.

“Our head office was quite literally filled with donations of non-perishable foodstuffs, second-hand clothing, books and toys that the schools had donated,” said Sandra Pillay from MNCP.

The campaign this year is run in association with the Liberty Midlands Mall and Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest and seeks not only to reward young ladies for making a difference, but also to unite them in a community project.

The Heritage Day programme involved making sandwiches for over 300 children at a breakfast club in Ezinketheni­ and the preparation of food hampers for two elderly women living in the area.

A convoy of 10 vehicles, including vehicles sponsored by Toyota and Liberty Midlands Mall, transported the ladies, mentors, organisers, MNCP volunteers and some parents to Ezinketheni.

At the breakfast club the girls were greeted with singing and dancing while handing out sandwiches donated by Sasko and muffins donated by Stay Easy, and juice.

Next the girls visited­ the one elderly lady, who has an amputated leg and who looks after 12 grandchildren.

The third stop was to the other elderly lady who had been deserted by her family when she contracted leprosy in 1968, and as a result, lost her foot.

The last stop was Umilinga Primary School where 1 200 primary school pupils attend school in pre-fab classrooms while they wait for the school buildings to be completed. The girls has their debriefing session there and lunch sponsored by The Christian Fellowship church, Coffeeberry Café and La Baguette.

“There is an inner being in the vast majority of us who want to help those less well off. Young Lady with Heart, with its many friends, partners and especially the schools, stepped up brilliantly this year on Heritage Day to help MNCP and those in the Ezinketheni area who need special attention.

“This is definitely enhancing communities and restoring hope,” said Chest director, Michael Deegan.

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