Colder, wetter doesn’t get better

2015-06-23 06:00
Residents in Overcome Heights in Lavender Hill and surrounding communities are in need of winter supplies as they fight the cold weather and rain.

Chevon Booysen

Residents in Overcome Heights in Lavender Hill and surrounding communities are in need of winter supplies as they fight the cold weather and rain. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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A Lavender Hill resident through her organisation is calling on the community to show their support to those who are battling to keep their homes and clothes dry this winter due to the rains causing their homes to flood.

One organisation in particular has taken on the plight of those in need this winter.

Winter warmerLucinda Evans, founder of the Philisa Abafazi Bethu women, children and safe house programme, has created the Philisa winter warm campaign.

And through this campaign she seeks to help families who are struggling to keep warm.

“This campaign is aimed to assist children, older persons, disabled persons and women and men living in informal settlements who have been affected by the recent rains.”

Knee-high in waterEvans says that many homes in the informal settlements have been affected by the rain and become flooded, leaving families in “terrible” situations.

They often have to deal with the problem on their own.

“One week ago I visited the Overcome informal settlement camp and one family had to move from their home because they were knee-high under water. Everything was wet, there were no dry things in the home. And they could cook as well,” she says.

Evans says the importance of this project is to prevent children, disabled persons and older persons from falling ill as a result of the cold and due to wet items in the home.

Food and blankets“We seek to provide to these families affected by the winter weather blankets, food, such as two-minute noodles or instant soup, socks and jerseys,” she says.

Evans says the project is not only aimed at benefitting families living in informal settlements, but anyone who needs help or food and blankets.

Her organisation is now calling on local businesses, churches and organisations to help them in their campaign by supporting them with donations to continue this campaign and to help those in need.

“We need blankets, duvets, instant soup, instant noodles, jerseys, socks, woollen gloves and beanies or caps and anything the community can think of that will make people feel comfortable this winter,” Evans says.

ThousandsThe items will be distributed to the most needy with the aim being to collect 3000 blankets, 3000 packets of instant soup and noodles, 2000 caps, 200 pairs of gloves, 3000 jerseys (including children’s jerseys of all sizes) and 3000 beanies.

Evans says this campaign will be a yearly initiative, therefore people are welcome to donate at any time of the year.

If you would like to contribute towards this campaign phone 021 701 4717.

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