Support group grows

2017-07-25 06:00
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A Woodlands organisation will now be better able to give back to the community, thanks to the donation of a ­container.

The Woodlands Women’s Support Group, based at Woodville Primary School, celebrated the container on Thursday last week, treating special guests to a meal and introducing the services they will now be able to offer.

The support group was officially launched in February last year and has since registered as an NPO.

“We still need a lot of donations to make this organisation grow,” says Gabiba Rademeyer, Woodlands Women’s Support Group chairperson.

“The container was donated in the month of Ramadaan and from [August] we will be starting our feeding scheme from the ­container.”

The women started their feeding scheme at the local mosque and still run their soup kitchen from there every week.

Ricardo Mackenzie, a member of the provincial parliament, attended the event on Thursday on behalf of the mayor.

“Without organisations like these and the work you are doing, our communities can’t exist and our communities can’t grow,” he said.

“I come from a single-parent household and the reason I became the person I am today was because there was community structures around my mother that helped her raise me and my brothers.”

He added that having more organisations open in communities brought hope, particularly for the youth.

Starting organisations in the community helped uplift the area and was a way to ensure communities also became self-sufficient, he said.

“The children knowing that there is a meal and people who care about them is important,” he said.

The women’s support organisation also works with other organisations in the area.

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