Books bring freedom

2017-04-18 10:12
The People’s Post team joined volunteers at Ladles of Love at one of its soup kitchens at the Haven night shelter in Green Point on Thursday. Ladles of Love was the chosen beneficiary and recipient of the clothing donations in our March #WeheartPost Human Rights campaign.

The People’s Post team joined volunteers at Ladles of Love at one of its soup kitchens at the Haven night shelter in Green Point on Thursday. Ladles of Love was the chosen beneficiary and recipient of the clothing donations in our March #WeheartPost Human Rights campaign. (Samantha Lee)

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Books, marvellous books of all dimensions, subjects and textures, have been flooding to our offices for our current charity donation campaign.

The team of People’s Post, in partnership with our sister publications TygerBurger and City Vision, is once again seeing how the interests of our readers and our own are enmeshed when it comes to charity and giving.

Since we started this month’s #WeheartPost Freedom Month campaign titled “Books = Freedom”, we’ve received more than 20 boxes of books already, with this number growing daily.

This makes us confident that when we celebrate Freedom Day on Thursday 27 April, we’ll have enough books to fill the shelves of a number of beneficiaries’ bookcases.

And what better way to share the joy and freedom that we get from reading?

It makes such a big difference to those on the receiving end, and it may even change someone’s life.

Like uTata Madiba himself once told a then-rookie journalist now working as a senior reporter at TygerBurger, shortly after he was elected as the first president of the democratic RSA: “My child, the only way to emancipate yourself is through studying. Then study some more. Never stop educating yourself!”

Many thanks to those who have done their bit to thin out their own word stash for others, and who have gone to the effort of dropping off books already.

And to those considering being a part of something great: Don’t hesitate, participate!

Our plans are the same as with the previous two charity drives: Gather the books, get you, our readers, to nominate a beneficiary (or beneficiaries) to post@peoplespost.co.za, and then hand over the spoils to a school, library or organisation at the end of April, keeping you updated all the way.

A good indication that you’re ready to let go of your Kings, Nesbos, Pattersons or Rowlings is if you haven’t read them in over a year.

Donations of books for our #WeheartPost Books = Freedom campaign can be dropped off until Saturday 29 April at our offices at 112 Edward Street in Bellville or at Vangate Mall’s centre management in Athlone.

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