Grace College pupil begins ‘blanket drive’

2017-08-09 06:00
Lara Botha has initiated a blanket collection at Grace College to help those less fortunate in Lions River.PHOTO: supplied

Lara Botha has initiated a blanket collection at Grace College to help those less fortunate in Lions River.PHOTO: supplied

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LARA Botha, a matric pupil at Grace College recently arrived at the farm where she stables her horse, to find that one of the grooms had fallen off the stable roof and had hurt her ankle badly.

Lara used her first aid skills to bandage the groom’s leg, and with her mother’s help, took the injured groom home to Lions River.

To Lara’s horror they discovered the groom lives in a wooden shack, covered with plastic to stop the roof from leaking, and with a door that does not close properly.

Inside the house they noted a bed with old blankets, a pillow as thin as cardboard and an old glass bottle with a candle in it.

Lara was shocked, not because she did not know that poverty existed, but because someone she regularly interacted with, lived in such an extreme level of poverty.

“That night I felt God telling me to go out the next day and buy this lady a blanket and pillow, so I did. I ended up taking her some canned food as well when I went to go see her.

“Her reaction to me giving her this stuff touched me in ways I have not yet figured out how to express, but I will remember this forever. It was incredible to see how doing something so simple for someone can have the most extraordinary impact,” said Lara.

This experience motivated Lara to initiate a blanket drive at Grace College to help the people in need in the Lions River township.

There is a box in the foyer for new or used blankets and if anyone wishes to contribute, the collection for this community will continue until mid-term, August 17. - Supplied.

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