Goodwill adds warmth

2018-06-19 06:00
Kelly-Anne Damons, Mollen Danota and Chadwin Petersen test out the sleeping bags.

Kelly-Anne Damons, Mollen Danota and Chadwin Petersen test out the sleeping bags.

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Local youth have banded together in the name of goodwill to warm the hearts of those without a roof over their heads.

The Steenberg Rotaract, in collaboration with the Heathfield Interact Movement, has helped make temporary sleeping bags out of newspaper for the homeless.

The project takes inspiration from Jo Maxwell’s Good Night and God Bless initiative which has been in operation since June 2005 after seeing street children wrapped in thin blankets sleeping on concrete floors outside offices in Berkeley Square.

Chadwin Petersen, president of Steenberg Rotaract, says he was part of the project during his time at Heathfield High School and his organisation chose to adopt the project again this year.

“We were stuck between two projects: the sleeping bag project and taking teddy bears donated to us from a lady in Scotland. We decided to do the sleeping bag project instead of the teddy bear project because there was more interaction with people,” he says.

The group assembled on Friday to make as many bags as their supplies would allow them, handing them over on Youth Day.

“They are totally recyclable sleeping bags. Last year we made 20 sleeping bags, so this year we are trying to double up. We did not have enough paper last year. This year I asked to bring more paper,” he says.

He says they will welcome more supplies for future projects, as they will come in handy.

“Our organisation focuses on promoting service and goodwill. We are using this sleeping bag project as a solution to making a difference in the community.”

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