Bucket of Joy creates hope

2016-06-28 06:00
Bucket of Joy is a non-profit company which distributes treats for kids who are fasting full days for the first time during the month of Ramadaan. Buckets were prepared for distribution at the Parkwood Mosque.   PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

Bucket of Joy is a non-profit company which distributes treats for kids who are fasting full days for the first time during the month of Ramadaan. Buckets were prepared for distribution at the Parkwood Mosque. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Changing the world, one bucket at a time.

This is what the non-profit company Bucket of Joy believes their mission is when filling buckets with treats.

Tasneem Jacobs, project co-ordinator at Bucket of Joy, says they have been able to raise funds to fill 4000 buckets this year.

“The buckets that are filled will be donated to children who are fasting for their first time this year. Each year we donate the buckets to children who fast full days for their first time during the holy month of Ramadaan,” she says.

The concept, which started at the Parkwood Mosque, has grown so much, Jacobs says, that they have been able to reach as far as Atlantis and informal settlements in and around Cape Town.

“The initiative in it’s first year had only 100 buckets, but over the years we have been privileged enough to grow with our donors and the buckets can be filled with treats for the little children. Now we are standing at 4000 buckets,” Jacobs beams.

Last year they were able to fill at least 3000 buckets.

Jacobs says she became involved with the NPC four years ago when she received a WhatsApp message from her mother with the donor appeal.

“In the message people were asked to donate to the cause, and this is an issue that is very close to my heart. I knew immediately that I had to get involved,” she says.

“In less than a week after sending that message out to friends, I was able to collect about R10 000 in donations.”

Every year, the buckets are sorted and arranged at the Parkwood Mosque on the corners of Blackbird Avenue and Walmer Road.

“We have volunteers that come and help us pack the buckets every year as it can take about three days.

“:Every year we have some people coming in drips and drabs, but every little helps and we are so grateful for those who are able to help us. I received a message from a pensioner who said she would be more than happy to come and help us prepare the buckets for distribution,” she says.

She adds another organisation, Bridging Hearts, has also been helping with a database of volunteers who come out and help prepare the buckets for distribution.

Jacobs says this year they have added a new community to their distribution beneficiaries.

“On Saturday we will be handing out buckets in Khayelitsha and we are looking forward to it,” she says.

V If you would like to become involved with the Bucket of Joy project, email Tasneem Jacobs on tasneemj8@gmail.com or email theboj786@gmail.com for more information.

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