Providing relief to tornado victims

2019-12-04 06:01
Mattresses from Making A Difference South Africa (MADSA) were donated to areas affected by the recent tornado in New Hanover.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Mattresses from Making A Difference South Africa (MADSA) were donated to areas affected by the recent tornado in New Hanover.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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FOLLOWING the recent tornado that ripped through some parts of KwaZulu-Natal, leaving many devastated, non-profit organisation Making A Difference South Africa (MADSA) sent out an appeal to its donors and rallied support to bring much-needed aid to the community in New Hanover.

Founders of MADSA Chan and Keshnee Naidoo, who are based in Johannesburg but are from Pieter­maritzburg, said their hearts will always belong to KZN.

Chan Naidoo, the CEO of MADSA, confirmed that a ground assessment was conducted by a local team after the tornado.

The assessment revealed that a fair amount of aid was being provided but that certain areas required mattresses.

“In collaboration with Dalton Pharmacy and Wartburg Kirchdorf School, who are providing ground support under the leadership of Rajin Naidoo and Saskia Johnson, we undertook to provide 120 beneficiaries from Mpolweni and Trustfeed with high density, high quality mattresses which were personally distributed to beneficiaries,” said Naidoo.

He added that the model of personal distribution by ground teams ensured that donors were able to trace how funds they contributed landed in the hands of intended beneficiaries. He highlighted that, through a single vision and common purpose, the donors generously contributed to achieving this target within seven days.

“MADSA seeks to provide sustainable solutions to disadvantaged communities in different parts of the country,” said Naidoo.

One of the key campaigns that MADSA runs annually is the School Shoe Campaign, which seeks to provide school shoes, socks and stationery to disadvantaged pupils around the country.

“Through this mechanism, a platform where the child can learn with dignity is created. This will allow the child to be more receptive to the learning process and not worry about school shoes, sock and stationery and be fully engaged,” said Naidoo.

Naidoo also shared MADSA plans for 2020, saying that they aim to transform the city of Pieter­maritzburg by providing school shoes, socks and stationery to disadvantaged pupils across the city.

“This project has a deep vision and will touch thousands of children based on the scale of poverty in different areas in Pietermaritzburg,” said Naidoo.

In conclusion, Naidoo appealed to the Pietermaritzburg community and business sector to support MADSA’s vision.

For further details, donors can contact MADSA­ at 083 787 3121 or send an e-mail to chan@makingadifferencesa.org.za

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