Foundation brings winter relief on Mandela Day

2019-07-23 06:25
The excited residents braved the cold and rainy weather to receive the food.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

The excited residents braved the cold and rainy weather to receive the food.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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Residents smiled from ear to ear as they received groceries from the winter relief programme at China Town Shopping Centre in Ottery on Mandela Day (Thursday 18 July).

The programme is an annual affair organised by Tzu Chi Foundation in collaboration with the shopping centre and community activist Keith Blake.

The foundation, which is based in Taiwan, does charity work in disadvantaged areas in the Cape Flats.

It has over nine million members in the world and part of their job is to secure sponsors and donations for their events.

Exhilarated and appreciative residents were given a variety of items such as bags of mealie meal, tinned fish, tinned beans and beanies.

Tom Yang, one of the foundation’s team members, said the day was all about sharing love with the community.

Yang said it was not just Ottery that benefitted, as they also brought relief to other areas such as Delft. “Today is about assisting where we can as a foundation, and we thank the people around the world who made these donations,” he expressed.

According to Yang the goods that were ready to be donated could cover up to 500 families.

The goods offered some relief for families as some are faced with poverty due to the challenges that come with unemployment.

Vanessa Windvogel, a Freedom Park resident, said she lives with six grandchildren who are all her son’s children. The situation at home is hard as she is a pensioner. She thanked the foundation for the donation.

For unemployed Zameka Doris King, another Ottery resident, some of the items she had been given will last her for more than a month and for that she is grateful.

Even though the event is annual, this was her first time she attended and said she is glad she came as the only working person is her home is her boyfriend.

One other resident who is grateful is the evangelical Chantall Hendricks. She said what the foundation has done will be rewarded by God.

“I am excited and glad to be here. We say thank you to the foundation. God will bless them,” she expressed.

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