‘Unity is strength’ - SACCW volunteer

2017-08-22 06:00
Roxanne Glanz’s goal is to make a difference in the community while being a good mom and wife.Photo: supplied

Roxanne Glanz’s goal is to make a difference in the community while being a good mom and wife.Photo: supplied

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FOR SA Community Crime Watch (SACCW) volunteer Roxanne Glanz, unity is strength.

She spends her free time making sure the Upper Highway Community is safe and crime free.

The 33-year-old mother of two says she joined Waterfall Crime Watch years ago when crime was escalating in the area.

“We first started out as Waterfall Crime Watch just before I found out I was pregnant with my second daughter who is soon to be six. But we had bigger goals in mind and even though I was pregnant I helped launch SA Community Crime Watch and its division, SA Cares.”

Glanz’s role in these organisations is to monitor the WhatsApp groups and if assistance is needed, be it medical, an accident a break-in, suspicious activity, or a missing person, the relevant role players are alerted and will offer assistance.

“Once a message is posted on the group, we will be alerted to the situation no matter what time of the night and I will go and assist. I use my panic button and our control room will call me and I will tell them the situation, be it a fire an accident, EMS, the need of trauma councillors, police and metro.

“The control room will stay in contact with me until I have reached the incident and will alert the relevant members to the scene and stay in contact with me until all units are there and situation is under control.

“If I get a call about a medical emergency I will call Alan from Cems and meet him on scene. He is our go-to guy for medical, and ER24,” she said.

Glanz said as part of SA Cares she also collects donations for people who are in need.

“Me and the NPO will send out a plea, be it food items, blankets, clothing, baby items that are not needed any more and go and personally deliver to those in need.

“Over Christmas we do a drive and collect food items with something special inside and we deliver to members who are in need. It is such a rewarding feeling knowing that you have helped or assisted someone in need.”

The mom said she is extremely proud to be a part of the organisations.

“Our team is amazing and extremely helpful. Everything we do is voluntary and has become part of my everyday life.

“Helping people and being a part of such an amazing organisation is rewarding. You learn something new each day and get to meet new people. I would not change it for anything.

“I look forward too many more years of being a part of SACCW and watching it grow in our fight against crime.”

She encouraged the community to join crime-fighting organisations as well.

“I believe we need to stand together. We can achieve great things if we do it together as a unit and not as an individual. Support us and help us with our fight.”

To find out more about Glanz or to join the organisations email, rrglanz@live.com

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