Helping hand for minds

2018-11-28 06:00
The children at the centre were elated with the generous donation.        Photo:SUPPLIED

The children at the centre were elated with the generous donation. Photo:SUPPLIED

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REPRESENTATIVES from The Boardwalk and Hungry Peter Take Away Restaurant recently visited the Healing Minds centre in Walmer, to handover a welcome donation of non-perishable foods.

The food donation, to ease the burden faced by the charity organisation over the festive season, was courtesy of Hungry Peter, located at The Boardwalk.

The Boardwalk took Healing Minds under its wing a number of years ago, endevouring to support the non-profit organisation in extending its invaluable services to the community.

Last year, The Boardwalk assisted with the upgrade of the centre’s kitchen and sewing room to the tune of R300 000.

Healing Minds is a non-profit organisation that runs several programmes to assist and uplift the local community. These include a daily feeding scheme for over 225 impoverished people from the area; a crèche facility for 87 toddlers whose parents are either absent, deceased or cannot afford early childhood care and a sewing skills training programme, as well as a cleaning and recycling initiative.

A model eco garden with an organic waste management system was also underway at the site, and the vision is to grow fresh produce to sell in order to generate funds for the centre.

The site occupied by the Healing Minds centre was once notorious for vandalism, crime, drugs, vagrancy and other ills.

Today, it represents a stand against injustice and is home to many inspired volunteers who love to serve and share.

The centre has also become a haven for many disadvantaged men, women and children of all ages.

Healing Minds also runs a number of successful counselling programmes to promote mental and physical vitality in the township.

In addition to the daily feeding scheme, the centre delivers food and medication to the sick and elderly, assists the local police with victim support and facilitates reintegration initiatives to assist ex-convicts who want to make amends and rejoin the community.

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