IN keeping with the Scout Promise “to do my duty to God and my country and to help other people at all times” is exactly what the Scouts did on Sunday, November 17 when they opened their hearts and reached out to the tornado victims in Mpolweni, near New Hanover. However, they faced their fair share of challenges when preparing the meals. The Presbyterian Church that is used as a shelter had no running water. Scouts were grateful to Myembeni Mkhize from the local government who arranged for water to be delivered to the church.Regional manager of Scouts South Africa, KZN Region Bindu Singh said that some people hadn’t eaten since the previous day and some needed to take medication, but couldn’t because they hadn’t eaten. On a cold, wet day the hot meals were most welcome to about 800 people who were fed. In addition to the cooked meals, Scouts also donated clothing and food items. Mark Francis, Scout commissioner for Stainbank District and member Arthur Rusch went door to door and delivered groceries and vegetables directly to the people in their homes. The young Scouts from Vulindela District assisted with the distribution of the clothing at the shelter.There are various Scout groups throughout the country and membership is open to youths from seven to 18 years. Youths over the age of 18 can join the Rovers. The KZN Regional office contact number is 031 207 5738. — Supplied.