Dream becomes reality

2016-04-06 06:00
The magical moment - Dr Julie Albrecht of Germany and Mr D.R. Aheer, Greytown Feeding Project chairman cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new premises.

The magical moment - Dr Julie Albrecht of Germany and Mr D.R. Aheer, Greytown Feeding Project chairman cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new premises.

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IT all started 14 years ago when a group of ladies from the Indian community, who were feeding children in need, planted the seed of what has now grown into the very impressive Greytown Feeding Project with its own premises.

In 2002, the ladies and Dr Mergan Naidoo (who was then practising in Greytown) approached Mr D. R. Aheer. The following year the Greytown Feeding Project under Mr Aheer's chairmanship began operations.

Its purpose is to provide hot nutritious meals to the sick, unemployed, elderly and disadvantaged with the motto "the food must be good enough for us to eat as well".

Over the years, with the support of generous donors and the outstanding services of volunteers who cooked tasty hot meals twice a week for thousands, GPF flourished. For many, especially youngsters, these were the only hot meals they ate during a week. It soon became apparent that the project needed its own premises, and thanks to the Aheers and everyone involved and Umvoti Municipality land was found and the long-term plans put into operation.

The response from local businesses, individuals, Gift of the Givers, the GFP committee has all contributed to the building of these premises, which will not only be used to supply meals, but also for training of skills, etc.

At the official opening ceremony on 3 April one of the stars was Dr Julie Albrecht of Germany. Julie first came to Greytown in 2004 as a volunteer at Greytown Children's Home and was so affected by the poverty and lack of food for the young and their families in the district that when she returned to Germany and started her medical degree she also founded a fund-raising group - Siyabonga­-Laughing Hearts - to raise money for this project and three others in KZN. There are still some finishing touches to be done, but the plan is that on 9 June (Mr D.R. Aheer's birthday) the new Greytown Feeding Project will once again start providing much-needed nutritious meals to those in need - young and old.

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