Helping Hands lives up to its name

2016-03-17 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Hibiscus Helping Hands recently received their NPO number. With the certificate (back, from left) Duane Low, Burt Kaminer, Corne Low (chairperson), Sue Hulley, and (front) Ann Phillips (vice-chairperson and treasurer).

PHOTO: supplied Hibiscus Helping Hands recently received their NPO number. With the certificate (back, from left) Duane Low, Burt Kaminer, Corne Low (chairperson), Sue Hulley, and (front) Ann Phillips (vice-chairperson and treasurer).

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HIBISCUS Helping Hands have obtained their NPO number and are now a registered charity with the Department of Social Development

The organisation opened its doors just over two years ago as the charity arm of Hibiscus Coast Seconds.

“We began mainly as a feeding scheme for the many families on this coast who, for various reasons, do not have the full resources to feed their children,” said Ann Phillips, a member of the organisation.

“We are entirely dependent on donations to raise funds for food. We raise money by auctioning donated items and also from holding jumble sales to sell excess stock of clothing,” she said.

Phillips said the organisation has grown so drastically that it is able to do more than feed families.

Furniture which is donated, is distributed to families who are in dire need.

“The best of the clothing is stored according to size and distributed to families upon their request. We supply donated blankets, bed linen and towels to people identified by us,” she said.

Events are also held for children looked after by Port Shepstone Welfare Department such as Christmas parties. “This year we are hosting an Easter egg hunt. December 2015 was one of our busiest months to date. We hosted two Christmas parties for underprivileged children and also donated 55 Christmas gifts to the Flower Foundation for pensioners,” said Phillips.

Hibiscus Helping Hands also collects school uniforms all year round to assist families in January with equipping their children to go back to school. The community also donates stationery.

“January was no exception where we equipped many school children with clothing, shoes, stationery and school bags,” she said.

On Saturday, 2 April Helping Hands is holding a jumble sale to raise funds for food at Margate Scout Hall from 9am until 2pm.

- Supplied.

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