Warm meals stave off the cold

A hearty meal and a friendly smile can mean so much, especially in the middle of winter. On Friday 26 July, employees of the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID) and students from Chrysalis Academy donated their time and resources to warm the hearts and tummies of about 50 destitute people who form part of the Straatwerk project.

Straatwerk, a non-profit organisation (NPO) which assists destitute people on the road to rehabilitation, hosted the outreach event at their depot in Mowbray.

“Straatwerk offers people who are living on the street the chance to feel like they have a purpose through employment. This also has a roll-back effect on the surrounding area, keeping our streets clean, presentable and welcoming,” said Barbara Breedt, general manager of GSCID.

“Our social outreach manager, Ingrid Frieslaar, works hand in hand with Straatwerk and it was heart-warming to see how the people responded to her, sharing their stories. She is like a mother to them, assisting them to reintegrate into the community,” Breedt added.

On the day, the homeless received a bowl of home-made soup, a roll and hampers which included a beanie, a rain poncho, instant soup, noodles and half a loaf of bread.

“The outreach project was part of the GSCID’s annual Winter Warmer Drive. We would like to thank our partners – LMRID, Mowbray police, Rondebosch police, Rawson Properties and Pick n Pay Observatory – for their generous donations,” said Breedt.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Zama zama crackdown: What are your thoughts on West Village residents taking the law into their own hands?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Authorities should bring in the army already
10% - 2463 votes
Illegal miners can't be scapegoated for all crime
53% - 12636 votes
What else did we expect without no proper policing
34% - 8131 votes
Vigilante groups are also part of the problem
3% - 808 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.