Pension goes to feeding

2015-09-29 06:00
The launch of a new organisation was held at Eden Park in New Woodlands last week.

The launch of a new organisation was held at Eden Park in New Woodlands last week.

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After turning his life around, he is now prepared to give his all to helping others.

Gerome Hendricks and his wife Charlene have started a non-profit company (NPC) with the aim of bringing relief and aid to the needy and vulnerable in New Woodlands.

The organisation had its official launch on Heritage Day in New Woodlands with fun activities and a meal handout.

Gerome says it is through divine intervention that he was able to turn his life around and inspired him to do the same for others.

The organisation will focus on feeding schemes, fun activities, life skills, counselling, extra lessons and family connections.

The feeding scheme will start in October and serve meals from Monday to Friday.

“We would like to feed 100 children next year and reach 300 by the end of next year. I will be finishing up at work the end of this year and will invest all of my pension into the project,” says Gerome.

He and his wife will be doing this full time as of January next year.

He says he is willing to invest his own money as he believes he cannot convince others to invest in his cause if he does not.

He and his wife plan to go door to door asking residents to assist in the change.

He adds that they started Kingdon Foundation Investors as an NPC because they do not like the way non-profit organisations are seen.

“NPOs are seen in a negative light with lots of fraud and corruption. We would like to change that. It will be tough but I know we can do it,” he says.

Gerome and Charlene will be running the NPC as a family business and as soon as she is of age, their 16-year-old daughter will join the board.

He says they have a goal.

“We have seen many families ruined by business deals. I will not let that happen. God also told me not to involve anyone else [in the leadership of the NPC] as they may try to steal away from the goal or corrupt it,” he says.

Gerome says he would like the community to get involved. He says focusing on the children is important to him as they are neglected and vulnerable.

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To get involved or for more information call Gerome on 072 199 6672

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