Sharing in the spirit of Christmas

2018-12-12 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedVolunteers helping to pack hampers that will be delivered to less fortunate families this festive period.

PHOTO: suppliedVolunteers helping to pack hampers that will be delivered to less fortunate families this festive period.

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IN the true spirit and meaning of Christmas, Willy and Sylvie Williams have teamed up with over 200 members from the community to ensure that the Christmas spirit is spread throughout Pietermaritzburg this festive season.

After losing their son in a tragic accident while he was in his final year of varsity, Williams and his wife started the Cycle to Reality initiative with various other members of the community who themselves had lost loved ones in order to help the less fortunate and deal with their grief by helping others.

“We found that, by helping others, it allowed us to deal with our loss by spreading joy to others, especially during the festive season,” said Deccan Road educator Willy Williams, whose son passed away eight years ago.

Not wanting to confine the group to only those who have lost their loved ones, Williams said that the Cycle to Reality initiative is open to everyone who wants to donate.

Sylvie added that most of the items they welcome are non-perishable items because they often donate to those who generally do not have electricity.

Once all the goods are collected, volunteers then band together to pack the goods into hampers which they hand out on the December 21 annually.

“We also accept cash to buy the necessary items that we include in the hampers and generally give these hampers to families of children from schools in our northern areas which we have identified as being less fortunate than others,” said Williams.

Sylvie said that the gratitude on the faces of the people who receive the hampers brings joy to the hearts of all those who donate and help.

“To see the families, light up with happi- ness when they get their hampers is a feeling you cannot describe,” marveled Sylvie.

For those looking to help a good cause and donate this festive season, contact Willy at 083 561 8935 or Sylvie at 083 561 8936.

Alternately, contact Willy via e-mail at willy.aquarius@yahoo.com.

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