POPS launches winter drive, school holiday programme

2017-04-05 06:04

IT is proving to be quite a busy year for the POPS (People Opposing Poverty in Society) Foundation as they launch their sixth annual winter drive, as well as a new school holiday programme. The winter drive kicked off on April 1 and will run until May 31.

As in previous years, the main recipients of this project will be impoverished people in the community. The aim this year is to distribute food, blankets and warm clothing among shack dwellers in the townships, as well as the western and northern suburbs.

The foundation is once again appealing to the community for their assistance in the collection of pre-loved warm winter clothing for adults and children, as well as blankets, shoes and non-perishable foods. These items are used to make up parcels to assist families who need it most.

“As we have seen over the past number of years, even the smallest contribution can make the biggest difference in the lives of the less fortunate,” said the POPS Foundation’s Mureedah Botha.

The foundation also distributes over 60 000 meals each month through soup kitchens, daycare centres, children’s homes, old age homes, shelters for the homeless, families in need and other institutions.

They receive no formal funding or grants, and are entirely dependent on sponsorships from businesses and the community.

Participating drop-off points include Beetlestone KwikSpar in Gelvandale, Summerbreez SuperSpar in Summerstrand, Autosport in Cleary Park Shopping Centre and The POPS Foundation’s office in Kabega Park.

The School Holiday Programme

The POPS Foundation School Holiday Programme is a brand-new project aimed at providing children with fun and educational activities including arts and crafts, health and hygiene and informative talks about topics such as abuse and drugs.

“The goal is to keep children safe and stimulated during school holidays when they would normally be roaming the streets in unsafe areas,” said Botha

The project kicked off at Republiek Primary School in Windvogel and approximately 200 kids have been invited to sign up for the programme. They will also be provided with snacks and meals and will be given the opportunity to give back to their school by participating in a clean-up of the school grounds.

“The school itself has many challenges, as do the majority of the schools in the northern areas. With this programme the goal is to alleviate some of these challenges,” said Botha.

For more info contact Botha on 083 738 8436. – REPORTER

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