Her legacy lives on

2019-06-18 06:00
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Masroefah Smith-Burns’ legacy continues after her family decided they cannot let the community suffer in their mother’s absence after she passed away.

Masroefah Smith-Burns (49) from Heideveld passed away in March this year after a kidney failure.

Her family launched a Kidney Awareness campaign and feeding initiative at Jonkershok Road in Heideveld on Saturday 8 June.

It is called Masroefah Smith’s Legacy and is named after her.

Family and friends from Heideveld and Belhar said Smith-Burns was a community activist who did not want to see anyone suffering and had started a soup kitchen many years ago.

After her passing, they decided to carry on her legacy of giving back, but this time it was not just about feeding the needy but to raise awareness about kidney disease.

Her daughter Tasneem Burns says they had a difficult time when she was ill because they had little information about the disease. “That made us realise the need for awareness in the community. We need to share the knowledge and be there for each other. Diseases affect anyone and death strikes anytime. But with knowledge and support we could at least buy our loved one’s time,” Burns said.

She said this is the only thing that will keep Smith-Burns close to them and make sure she is remembered for who she was.

Friend Reghaana Abdurahman, who also runs a soup kitchen at her home, opened her doors for the launch saying Smith-Burns taught them a lot about giving back and never wanted to see anyone suffering. “When her daughter came up with the idea, we knew our friend would be proud and we bought into it. It is amazing to see it becoming a reality in almost three months since she passed on,” Abdurahman said.

Local councillor Anthony Moses welcomed the initiative saying he was touched by the concept of raising awareness about kidney disease. “The project is to keep the memory of those lost lives to kidney-related diseases. It is a demonstration of what families could do in order to minimise issues especially to those affected by poverty and not having exposure to information,” Moses said.

As part of the launch, the family handed out a meal, clothing items and blankets to the street people and disadvantaged residents in the community.

There were both children and adults queuing and appreciating the gesture.

On behalf of Masroefah Legacy, members will serve meals in Belhar and Heideveld every month. They also collect donations of clothes and blankets to hand over to their beneficiaries on the day.

V For more information visit their Facebook Page at Masroefah Smith’s Legacy or call Tasneem on 065 101 7411.

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