‘Learn so much from homeless’

2016-10-25 06:00
Homeless people from Diep River were served breakfast and clothing donations at the side of the road by women from a Tokai-based non-profit organisation.

Homeless people from Diep River were served breakfast and clothing donations at the side of the road by women from a Tokai-based non-profit organisation.

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A group of homeless men, women and children from the streets of Diep River were treated to breakfast at the side of the road to show that the homeless are not so different.

The breakfast on Heritage Day was made possible by Women Taking Action (WTA), a Tokai-based non-profit organisation, in celebration of Heritage Month.

Shirly Paulse, WTA Chairperson, says to the homeless people attending it was perfectly natural, as it should be, to sit next to each other, unconcerned by their inherent differences and bonded by daunting circumstances.

“Our rainbow nation can learn so much about humility from the homeless. If we could just concentrate more on what we had in common with our fellow man than on our differences, the world would be a better place. We thought it was important to celebrate with them as they are the people who cared less about celebrating cultural diversity and more about their shared dilemma of surviving on the streets,” she says.

A member of the group of homeless people was asked to spread the word that WTA was distributing food and arrived soon after with a crowd of people to receive breakfast and clothing.

Spur breakfast and food parcels were distributed to the large group of men, women and children.

“The once quiet street soon became a hub of activity, with people scuttling for items of clothing, while others bartered with each other for preferred sizes and colours,” says Paulse.

“This is perfectly in line with the WTA’s objective of making a change in the lives of the poor. Giving is easy and it warms the heart to see the excitement on the faces of people who really understand the act of receiving with humility,” says Stacey Delport, secretary of the organisation.

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