Entrepreneur serves the community

2020-01-21 06:00
Zafian Lakey, Cameron Pick and Denzel Hoorn. PHOTOS: Racine Edwardes

Zafian Lakey, Cameron Pick and Denzel Hoorn. PHOTOS: Racine Edwardes

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Help to Care, a community centre in Vrygrond which feeds hundreds of people weekly, received a blessing of its own when an entrepreneur from Seawinds breathed new life into to their trusty old bakkie.

Daniel and Minnie Hoorn, founders of Help to Care, have been aiding poorer residents by providing them with meals from their soup kitchen, three days a week, for the past 20 years.

While meals are mainly served at the centre now, Denzel Hoorn, Daniel’s son, explains they previously used the bakkie to take meals to other areas, including old Vrygrond and Overcome Heights to name a few.

Cameron Pick from Cammy’s Mobile Repairs struck a good deal with Denzel to assist the Hoorns in doing as much as they could for the community.

Cameron and his right-hand man, Zafian Lakey, spent two months fixing the body of the bakkie.

Denzel says his dad got the bakkie when he turned 60. “Now he’s 81 years old,” he says.

“That bakkie was neglected and my Dad is really impressed with their work.”

Cameron says the bakkie had one foot in the grave.

“On the passenger side, there was a hole in the floor,” he says.

Denzel adds: “There was a hole in the roof too, you could see the sky.”

Cameron opened Cammy’s Mobile Repairs in May last year, with the intention to serve the panel beating needs of poorer communities.

“We are here for the community – we charge community prices. I grew up in the community and I want to show them that anyone can do it,” says Cameron.

He says he got his start working for a panel beater for many years. He then decided to start his own business and brought Zafian on to learn the trade.

“He was the first person I employed and he’s learned a lot,” he says.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing. “The first month was very rough because today we may have work but tomorrow we didn’t.”

Initially working out of a small Toyota Tazz, the duo managed to acquire a workshop in Steenberg and a bakkie. But their vision for the company is bigger than just fixing cars.

“It’s not just for us – if anyone comes here, we can teach them. We have kids and teens who come to watch and learn.

“Before they end up on the wrong side, we tell them to come to us.”

Denzel commends the start-up company for its assistance to get the Hoorns’s bakkie up and running. “Cameron gave back to the community by fixing the bakkie. Help to Care is grateful for that.”

  • For more information, contact Help to Care Centre on 021 702 6107 or email help2carecentre@gmail.com.

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