Freedom Riders to the rescue

2015-08-11 06:00
The Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club donated items to The Haven night shelter in Kensington.

The Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club donated items to The Haven night shelter in Kensington.

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“People have become greedy and they can easily forget their neighbours in need. If we all could do our bit to help, the world will be a better place for everyone.”

Gail Reagon-Rutgers, Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club spokesperson, believes that people should play their part in uplifting their communities whenever they can instead of being greedy and keeping to themselves.

“We need to stretch out our hand and help because this is very important. Unfortunately, human spirit is not geared to helping others any more. But we as the Freedom Riders will do our part in touching lives,” she says.

DonationTo do their bit the Freedom Riders donated blankets, bread and vegetables to The Haven night shelter in Kensington last week. They promised to help the shelter after the shelter’s open-day two weeks ago.

The shelter provides a home for homeless people and they also get food. This is at times difficult for the shelter as it is a non-profit organisation.

The Freedom Riders helped build the shelter twenty years ago. Reagon-Rutgers says the recent donation was a way of rebuilding the communications channel that had been lost over the years.

“We were involved with the shelter when it started years ago but as we are all human we lost contact.

“When they invited us for the open day we saw that there was a great need to support their work and what they do for other people. We also saw it as an opportunity to take it from where we left with them and form a strong partnership with them and continue to support the work that they do.

“We will continue to help them on an ongoing basis because there are a lot of things that they need. With our help they will be able to help others. It’s important that we take care of each other. Whenever we can, we will help,” she says.

Social responsibilitySebastian Maggott, president of the Freedom Riders Club, says they took it upon themselves to put things together and help.

“We all have a social responsibility. We are all about charities and helping out in our communities. We have to supply for the needs that we see in our area. Everyone has to do their bit and we are glad that we could also help them as this is very important. We will continue to do so whenever we can,” he says.

The Freedom Riders also gave the shelter’s staff members tickets to its Women’s Day event on Sunday

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