Help them to help others in need

2017-04-18 06:01
Abduraoef Parker, Rifqah Manuel, Farqaan Parker, Shaqeel Dareis, Rushana Parker, Nabeela Jones and Shaffiyah Parker with blankets donated to the Haven Night Shelter.

Abduraoef Parker, Rifqah Manuel, Farqaan Parker, Shaqeel Dareis, Rushana Parker, Nabeela Jones and Shaffiyah Parker with blankets donated to the Haven Night Shelter.

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A local organisation has been making a difference in the lives of many across the City.

Feed the Less Fortunate, a Mitchell’s Plain based non-profit organisation was established five years ago and is run from Portlands.

Rushana Parker, founder member says it started with her family.

“We as a family used to distribute things to people in need. Then I decided to register the organisation after we started doing this on a bigger scale with distributing pots of food to the public and going to homes for the disabled and orphanages and old age homes. We started off with small contributions,” she says.

Since then the organisation has done drives and events for various orphanages, organisations and the less fortunate.

Some of these events include an annual visit to various wards at Red Cross Hospital, where children are entertained, blanket donations to The Haven Night Shelter and recently they also hosted a graduation lunch for orphans who completed Quran studies.

They have also hosted luncheons for the Beaconvale Community Frailcare Centre and visited Karl Bremer and Tygerberg hospitals taking gifts to children at Christmas time.

“We don’t focus on the Mitchell’s Plain area only, we look at need all over. We are Muslim based but we don’t focus on religion or colour,” says Parker.

Their future projects include another graduation for Quran studies.

The events always include a meal and a gift, where possible.

“We are trying to focus on a smaller basis right now, giving support to organisations that are not that well known and don’t receive that much support even if their need is bigger,” says Parker.

Parker says the organisation accepts donations in any form.

Some of their needs include a website, fax machine and office equipment in order to make the workload easier as all the funds that come in are used for the outreach work they do. The organisation is also open to having volunteers assist them in their outreach projects.

Parker thanks all the donors who have been part of their drives thus far.

To become a donor or volunteer call Parker on 084 209 7371 or the volunteer line on 061 054 8507.

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