A celebration to remember

2019-06-04 06:01
There was so much food that people were given packs to take home.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

There was so much food that people were given packs to take home.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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Organisers of this year’s streetboeka, in Hanover Park, have hailed it a success after hundreds of people turned up for the event on Saturday 25 May.

Mayor Dan Plato joined the festivities and expressed his joy to have been a part of the event.

“It is an honour for me to be here to support this annual event,” Plato told the gathering at Hanover Park taxi rank.

Thohar Rodrigues, one of the organisers, said he was happy and impressed by the big crowd. He explained the event as the 20th night of fasting season where they demonstrate and highlight peace and unity.

Rodrigues said this year’s theme was ‘stop killing, start feeding’. He said the message had been received as some gang members helped them to set up the tables. He added they also promised to clean after the event.

He called for people to support each other to build a better society. “What you wish for yourself, wish for the next person as well,” he said, thanking all the donors.

Gafsa Richards (89) said she could not miss the event and praised those who prepared the meals. She vowed to return next year.

“I will come again next year as I always come. This is an important event for me because I grew up here,” she explained.

Taznim Mohammed, who helped to dish out, said she was overwhelmed by the event. She said the event brought people together and they forgot about their daily struggles.

“I hope this will bring people closer to the religion because it is about giving and mercy – Ramadan is a month of mercy,” Mohammed explained.

Resident Kauthar Jacobs (48) was equally thrilled by the event. “This is an upliftment of the community and it is spiritual to have us boeka together. We are reaching the end of Ramadan and in a way, we are getting closer to Allah,” Jacobs said.

Member of the Hanover Park Safety Forum, Shireen Hendricks, commended residents for their good behaviour. “Everybody behaved very well, there are no funny businesses going on. The atmosphere is quite nice,” she expressed.

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