Blankets bring warmth to needy

2015-06-10 06:02
FROM the left are Johan Kruger handing over blankets to Amanda Barra, Lukie Mapatsi, Rashaad Boughan and Edwin De Klerk.


FROM the left are Johan Kruger handing over blankets to Amanda Barra, Lukie Mapatsi, Rashaad Boughan and Edwin De Klerk. Photo: Supplied

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THE blanket drive, which is the biggest of its kind in the Northern Cape, is run by the Diamond Pavilion Mall together with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Pep Stores.

According to Lt Sergio Kock, the project coordinators envisage to raise over 35 000 blankets which, if converted into m² is the approximate size of the Diamond Pavilion Mall. As the mall grew, the target has been raised since the inception of the project in 2011. He further stated that the blanket drive was assisted by sponsors of several NGOs, schools, faith-based organisations, government departments and the community.

“Pep stores in the Diamond Pavilion Mall avails the blankets at discounted prices, which assisted in bringing the campaign to just over R1,3 million’s worth of blankets collected. This is truly a community project aimed at keeping the community safe and warm,” stated Kock.

“The blankets are distributed to the underprivileged, faith-based organisations, orphanages, the SPCA, homeless persons and hospitals. Further distributions are made in disaster areas in the Northern Cape, Free State and also in Lesotho.

He revealed that the distributions ran concurrent with safety campaigns, where the blanket recipients were informed on how to keep them and their loved ones safe.

The blanket drive team utilises entrance points at national and provincial cricket and soccer matches for blanket collections. The SAPS Men for Change held a drive at the Diamond Pavilion Mall over the weekend and they challenge all businesses, schools and churches to beat their contribution of almost 50 blankets.

Members of the community are also urged to donate surplus used blankets they have at home for the drive by contacting Amanda Barra (Diamond Pavilion Mall marketing manager) at 053-832-9200.

The project team is grateful to all donors for their selfless contributions toward the drive and also for making a tangible difference in the community


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