A helping hand for home

2017-12-19 06:00
Muslim Hands sponsored new curtains for the centre. PHOTOS: aishah cassiem

Muslim Hands sponsored new curtains for the centre. PHOTOS: aishah cassiem

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Muslim Hands South Africa visited Grassy Park Fischer Centre in Victoria Road on Thursday morning for an official upgrade and maintenance handover.

The centre, established in 2001, houses 40 psychiatric and intellectually challenged adults, and does not receive any funding from government.

Muslim Hands manager, Imraan Roomany, says: “We decided to partner with this centre for mentally-challenged people, a centre that was in dire need of assistance and which has been overlooked by the community. We brought our team to upgrade the place and contributed a number of much-needed items that we hope will make a difference in the lives of both staff and patients at the centre,” he says.

“We sponsored them with 10 PVC mattresses, three outdoor benches, one 886F fridge for longer storage, 26 tableclothes, hygiene packs and various game sets. We also sponsored them with brand new curtains and had all the windows cleaned. The mattresses delivered will be much better for the team than having to air them out daily. It is also more hygienic.”

Roomany says certain regulations needed by the Department of Health were also met and serviced by his team. This includes fire extinguishers and covers. The Muslim Hands team, located in Rylands, has been servicing the needy community since 1996 and hope to get more volunteers on board.

“Our next step would be to get our volunteers to interact and with these patients and to keep them occupied. We are very careful and would prefer volunteers with an experienced background when handling these patients. We will continue working to serve this centre – a centre that is in dire need like many others across the city that we serve.”

Siva Moodley, a councillor and a board member of the centre, says: “We are grateful for the sponsorship from Muslim Hands. The patients that we see here have been abandoned and their families don’t care about them. This is their home and we are their family. If you are mentally challenged, you have ups and downs, and we need to care for them in the best possible way,” he says.

“This building is rented and we do not get any funding from the state. We have to raise almost R30 000 towards rent ourselves for almost 40 patients and a staff compliment of 11. Not forgetting the electricity and water, which is over R12 000. So ask the question, what about the food that still needs to be catered for?”

Moodely says the team constantly tries to get sponsorship.

“It is our responsibility to look after these people or else they will end up under bridges and on streets because they have nowhere to go. We would like for local businesses to come to the centre, even if it is just for a short while, to see what we do for these patients. The community’s assistance will be greatly appreciated.”

Staff and patients enjoyed a warm meal prepared by the Muslim Hands team on the day.

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