A legacy lives on

2018-06-12 06:01
Delmarie’s Soup Kitchen prioritises children’s welfare.

Delmarie’s Soup Kitchen prioritises children’s welfare.

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Delmarie Bailey may be gone, but her legacy lives on. The soup kitchen she started in 2015, two years before she passed away, is growing from strength to strength and has become a registered non-profit organisation.

Her friends decided to carry on her legacy and continue feeding residents of Victoria Lodge and the M5 informal settlement in Southfield.

Although they serve meals to everyone visiting the kitchen, Delmarie’s Soup Kitchen has 60 regular beneficiaries including 27 children of all ages. For these residents, Delmarie’s members not only provide hot meals, but extend their hand to collecting clothing and blankets and helping to source jobs for adults.

“Unfortunately Delmarie passed away at the beginning of 2017 but some of the ladies that had assisted her decided to take up the reins and continue her good work. We have a core group of ladies that assist us but more hands are always welcome,” says Joanne Stroebel, one of Bailey’s friends.

They serve meals twice a week, sourcing their ingredients through donations, including from a local supermarket that has become their most reliable donor.

“We get donations from friends, family and the public and we make our requests through our Facebook page. We also receive donations of food from Pick n Pay and people in the community. To those that support us, a huge thank you. The people are so grateful for what you do for them and we would not be able to carry on without your support.

“Our main focus is the children. We also do parties for birthdays and take them to an informal play area for the little ones to have fun with books and toys under the supervision of volunteering families,” she says.

To give spark to the birthday celebrations, Stroebel says bakers can help by donating cakes.

One of the donors, Jean Pappas, from Plumstead, says the soup kitchen is doing amazing work for the community. “Delmarie herself is sadly deceased, but her vision of a soup kitchen continues,” she adds. V If you would like to make a contribution, visit Delmarie’s Soup Kitchen on Facebook or call Stroebel on 083 320 7905.

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