Over five tons of clothing collected for the needy

2016-06-08 06:00
Love Story representatives and Rafi Appliances and Mattresses staff with the collection of clothing received. At the back from left are, Stevie Makoki, Sarah Staffen, Eugene Chetty, Rafi Sevilya and Lynne De Wit, and in front is Sindiswa Mkubukeli.  Photo: SUPPLIED

Love Story representatives and Rafi Appliances and Mattresses staff with the collection of clothing received. At the back from left are, Stevie Makoki, Sarah Staffen, Eugene Chetty, Rafi Sevilya and Lynne De Wit, and in front is Sindiswa Mkubukeli. Photo: SUPPLIED

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WHAT started out as a humble campaign by a local retailer to collect some clothing items for the needy turned into a project of epic proportions, with the total collection of clothing, shoes and blankets tipping the scale at well over the five-ton mark.

Rafi Sevilya, owner of Rafi’s Appliances and Mattresses, came upon the idea to get the involvement of local schools to aid him in the campaign.

The goal was to bring in 1 000kg of clothing.

However, the staff at Rafi’s have been bowled over by the support this initiative has received and have watched as quadruple that amount has been delivered to the shop in Cape Road.

The incentive presented to the schools was that the one which brought in the most donations would win two Bosch front-load washing machines - one to keep and one to donate to charity.

“We had a giant cardboard washing machine especially made for the front of the store to house all the donations,” Sevilya said.

“This was soon too small to accommodate all the donations we received.

“Due to the overwhelming success of this project I would like to run it annually.”

All clothing has been handed over to the Love Story NPO, which serves the destitute in PE through feeding schemes, clothing distribution and other community upliftment projects.

From there the clothing will be distributed to projects such as Human Heart Services in Motherwell, Greenapple Creche in KwaZakhele, Love Story City Feed, Walmer Angels Project, Sinukulwazi in Veeplaas, Sinethemba Creche in Walmer, Likusasa Lomama in KwaDwesi, City Lights Church for the Pop Up Street Store, MES Shelter in Korsten, Bet Sheekoom, Kleinskool Initiative and Ou Apostoliese Kerk.

The schools involved in the clothing collection were Alexander Road High, Westering Primary, Herbert Hurd Primary, Theodor Herzl Primary/High, DF Malherbe High, Greenwood Primary, Newton Park Primary, Grey Junior, Clarendon Park and Collegiate High School.

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