Charity: feeding session at Murchison school

2011-01-12 00:00

THE Hibiscus Food for Life programme will be organising its third feeding session of 2011 this Saturday at Mdlazi Primary School in Murchison.

The programme has seen Rajen Mahabeer provide food for children from the Murchison community once a week for the last three years.

On an average Saturday morning, Mahabeer will feed around 300 children.

“We usually give them biryani because they seem to like that most,” says Mahabeer.

The children have become so accustomed to Mahabeer providing food for them on a Saturday that when he arrives at the school early in the morning he finds many of them waiting for him, armed with containers to carry the food in.

It costs R3 000 per month for the programme to sustain itself and Mahabeer says that if he had enough finances he would conduct feeding sessions more regularly.

“We have had requests from other primary schools in the area for us to start up something similar with them,” says Mahabeer, who is a primary school teacher at Jaihind primary.

“Unfortunately, we need funding to increase before we can help out any more than we already are.”

While the Hibiscus Food for Life programme has been operating for the last three years, Mahabeer started his first feeding scheme around 20 years ago and has been providing food to communities on a regular basis ever since.

“There is such a need for this work to continue; many of these kids are in dire need of food and are constantly hungry,” he says.

And continue he will.

Mahabeer says that he will persist with the work he is doing now for the rest of his life and that motivation to carry on with the programme will never be an issue.

“It is a commitment that I have made for the rest of my life.

“The kids show their appreciation everytime I help them and that is enough motivation for me.”

Those who would like to assist can call Rajen Mahabeer at 082 836 2758.

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