Warm soup helps the pills go down

2015-07-07 06:00
A patient receives soup at the Kensington day hospital from a volunteer.

A patient receives soup at the Kensington day hospital from a volunteer.

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No one should take their medication on an empty stomach.

This belief made the Wes-Kaapse Kleuringontwikkelingsorganisasie (WKKOO) brave the cold to help elderly and disabled patients who collect their chronic medication at Kensington day hospital on Thursday last week.

Their aim was to give soup and bread to the hospital visitors, but they also stretched out their hand to the people on the street who wanted something to eat.

Prompted by the poverty and unemployment in their communities the organisation says it decided to do something to show the residents that they care about them.

Ricardo van Niekerk, chairperson for the WKKOO, says he is driven by his love of communities that strive for the future.

“I love caring for people and I just thought ‘What must we do as an organisation to help these old people?’ Most of them take their medications without eating and that is not good. That’s why we decided to give them soup and bread. It makes us feel so much better as an organisation knowing that we did our bit,” he says.

Anthea Snell, one of the people who got a cup of soup and bread, says it was much appreciated. “It’s not easy for people to get food in the morning and most of the people don’t eat. We really appreciate what the organisation is doing to help those that really need their help,” she says.

Rene Vermeulen says it came just at the right time. “I didn’t eat in the morning and I was just wondering where I will get food. We are happy that there are people who care. It makes us face the day with courage because there are people who are willing to help when they have the means,” she says.

Van Niekerk says his wish is to help hospitals in his area every week but that is impossible as they don’t have the funds.

“It’s so much pain to wake up seeing poverty and hunger written on the faces of our people. We are glad that as an organisation we can help. However, we need those that can donate bread or soup to help us so that we can reach a lot of people. Our aim is to go to hospitals a lot because people who take medication need food so that they can recover properly,” he says.

Those who want to help with food donations to the WKKOO can contact Van Niekerk on 060 325 8698

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