Blankets for local kids after storms

2017-07-25 06:00
The Philisa Abafazi Bethu women and children’s project received a donation of blankets for children from Hillview on Mandela Day.PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

The Philisa Abafazi Bethu women and children’s project received a donation of blankets for children from Hillview on Mandela Day.PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Children from Hillview will now keep a little warmer this winter after they received blankets.

After the storms that caused havoc in the province in June, staff of Powafix, a company in Durban, decided to donate warm blankets to children of this area.

The company’s representatives contacted Philisa Abafazi Bethu women and children’s project to facilitate the handover of the blankets to the children who need them the most.

After hearing about the Cape storms, Kevin Baister of Powafix facilitated the donation of blankets from their head office in Durban to Hillview.

He says his immediate worry when he first heard about the storms was the children’s safety and warmth in the rainy and windy weather.

“When I saw what was happening, I knew that I had to do something. I asked myself what I can do to help. My staff and I came together and decided that donating blankets would be the right thing to do for the ­children.

“We are happy to be here,” he said at the handover on Mandela Day.

“The stories that have been shared say volumes of what [Philisa Abafazi Bethu] does as an organisation and we couldn’t have chosen a better organisation to give support to. As people with children, we thought it would be best to share our love with the small ones in this area,” said ­Baister.

Lucinda Evans, who runs the organisation, said they were really grateful for the donation.

“It really means a lot to have the donation. We have a lot of people who are struggling in our communities but children suffer the most.

“These blankets will help our children and bring back those smiles this winter. We are really happy and grateful to the company that donated. It really means a lot,” she said at the handover.

During the handover ceremony, women who had been helped by the organisation shared stories of pain, loss and healing.

Renee Francis from Hillview informal settlement, who has been in the women’s group for two weeks, said being at the women’s home helped with the healing process.

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