Local teen is determined to make a difference

2017-04-12 06:02
Amy Erasmus (left) with Julien Britz of Houdini Group in Newton Park with a box for donations for the Keep Caring Clothing Drive.               Photo:SUPPLIED

Amy Erasmus (left) with Julien Britz of Houdini Group in Newton Park with a box for donations for the Keep Caring Clothing Drive. Photo:SUPPLIED

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A LOCAL teenager, undecided about her future, decided to take a gap year after graduating high school in 2016 and is using the time to give back to the less fortunate.

Amy Erasmus (18) is determined to do away with the general opinion that has formed about the gap year.

“Many people perceive a gap year to be a year of nothingness, but I have been determined to prove everybody wrong. I work part-time for NitroPark, the family entertainment centre in Baywest, and handle social media pages for various companies,” she said.

She is involved in several charity projects, including the Horse Rescue Unit and a clothing drive called Keep Caring.

“When I decided to take a gap year, I knew that in this year I would want to do more charity work and help the community,” Erasmus said.

She said her eye-opener came a few years ago at an event where the leftover food was donated to a soup kitchen.

“I went with to help and serve the food and it was quite heartbreaking to see that even though it wasn’t much to us, it was everything to them.”

Her main focus right now is on the Keep Caring Clothing Drive since winter is just around the corner.

“I know there are people who can’t afford clothes, blankets and food which is why I chose to do a clothing drive. We all have something in our cupboards which we might not need or feel that someone else could benefit from.”

Another reason she started the clothing drive is because it provides a long-term solution.

Clothing and blankets will last longer than food or money.

Erasmus said that the drive is only possible because of the support she has received from friends and family in sharing her social media posts and telling people about her cause.

“In the first five days (from April 1 to April 5), I managed to collect 180 articles of clothing, five blankets and seven food parcels,” she said.

She also attributes much of her success to Houdini who provided four drop-off points.

In addition to clothing and blankets, she also welcomes cash donations as the money will be used to buy food and bedding for those who cannot afford it.

The Keep Caring Clothing Drive will run until May 31.

All donations can be dropped at Houdini outlets in Central, Walmer, Newton Park or Sherwood.

For more info contact Amy on amy@erasmus.ws.

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