Growing with an act of kindness

2019-08-13 06:01
Members of the Alpha Charity Foundation in Kensington are hopeful, as support for their initiatives keep growing. From left are Kevin Alexander, Amber Trimm and Merle Stober.

Members of the Alpha Charity Foundation in Kensington are hopeful, as support for their initiatives keep growing. From left are Kevin Alexander, Amber Trimm and Merle Stober.

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Teamwork is all it takes for Kensington-based Alpha Charity Foundation to stay on top of its game.

This follows shortly after their second win at a potjiekos competition at the annual Bikers Charities Western Cape Cancer Run (BCWC) held at Kensington Civic Centre on Sunday 28 July.

The foundation’s founding member Kevin Alexander says this is a second consecutive win.

“It is mainly the result of the amazing teamwork of our members combined with each member’s passion and tenacity to make a difference in the lives of others.

“Secondly, we have some awesome cooks on board like Merle Stober and Lauren Saunders,” he says.

The foundation participates in the Cancer Run competitions to raise funds for the cause and contribute to helping the cancer-affected community.

Alexander says as a non-profit organisation (NPO) this is their way to show they care and understand the hardships of having a sick family member, and he thanked the community for the support.

They managed to raise about R1 300 from sales of their three winning potjies.

The foundation walked away with a gas cooker and tank, aprons, caps, a hardcover recipe book, and a bottle of wine.

Alexander says over the years of their existence, he and other founding members are proud to see the foundation being able to go an extra mile to help.

The foundation was founded in 2015 and has been working closely with the Cancer Run team ever since.

However, its key focus is on empowering the vulnerable children and seniors in the community.

It hosts various activities including high teas, getaways and annual celebrations to entertain and give hope to the less fortunate.

Alexander says over the years they have reached 240 elderly and 30 children.

“Since we have started, we have made a significant impact on the community with the elderly looking forward to our visits and events, children have been made aware of the environment, a healthy clean lifestyle and aspire to be model citizens.

“Our beneficiaries at informal settlements like Freedom Farm in Belhar are always in need of our charity drives for food, clothes, and blankets,” he says.

Bobby van der Westhuizen a senior member of the BCWC says the event was a success and he appreciates all the support that they received.

He says more than a 1 000 supported the event.

BCWC helps people living or affected by cancer pay for medical bills. However, they prioritise bikers.

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