‘Spending time at UAC feels like coming home’

2019-09-25 06:01
PHOTO: suppled Kevin Reddy feeds children at the Umvoti Aids Centre.

PHOTO: suppled Kevin Reddy feeds children at the Umvoti Aids Centre.

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I HAD another amazing opportunity during my short visit to Greytown to catch up with my friends at the Umvoti Aids Centre (UAC).

Since my last visit, UAC has launched their new website (www.umvoti.org). The feeding scheme for the approximately 80 children from creche to high school level has now gone from two days a week to five. This is a challenge for UAC as many of their ingredients come from their local garden.

The children very rarely have a meal with meat so I mentioned my feeding plan to a few friends, who quickly climbed on board and volunteered their time.

We decided to treat the children to a lamb breyani together with some treats that they normally don’t get to enjoy. This special meal is usually prepared during festive occasions and we felt really privileged that we could cook and serve it to the children of UAC. We catered for 100 children, but managed to feed close to 150. The children we fed were so excited that they went into the township and told others. The queue never ended and sadly we had to turn some children away as the food had run out. It was a humbling experience, but the next time we want to make sure that no child leaves UAC without a meal.

My heartfelt thanks go to Rosalyn and Jazmin Moodley, my team of master chefs, and the staff at UAC for their help in making this small project a huge success. Our aim is to return and do it all over again.

Spending time at UAC is like coming home for me and I feel honoured and privileged to be able to bring a smile to a child’s face in the place that is closest to my heart.

— Kevin Reddy.

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