Homeless benefits from acts of kindness project

2019-08-13 06:00
At the back are Paul Breytenbach and Patricia Abrahams. In front are Liza Ortell (Elim housemother), Shanaaz Karan, Irfaan Saban, Anthony Maroon, David White and Rosetta Stuurman.PHOTO: TARRYN-LEIGH SOLOMONS

At the back are Paul Breytenbach and Patricia Abrahams. In front are Liza Ortell (Elim housemother), Shanaaz Karan, Irfaan Saban, Anthony Maroon, David White and Rosetta Stuurman.PHOTO: TARRYN-LEIGH SOLOMONS

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An additional 18 homeless people can now be accommodated at Elim Nightshelter after staff of WP Media (publishers of People’s Post, City Vision and TygerBurger) put notebooks and pens aside to make emergency waterproof sleeping bags for the shelter.

This was in conjunction with Media24’s #1000 Acts of Kindness project.

The sleeping bags are made with newspaper and plastic, creating a warm, portable and waterproof emergency sleeping bag for those in need.

Manager of the shelter Shafiek Ortell says homeless people come knocking at their door every day.

“We have a lot of street people coming to the gates of Elim Night Shelter daily. They normally come for a meal and not for accommodation as they prefer to live on the streets due to addictions and couples not wanting to separate.

“We have 70 beds and 15 mattresses, therefore, we cater for 85 adults sleeping here daily,” explains Shafiek.

Housemother Liza Ortell says she is grateful for the efforts of the WP Media team: “We think it’s amazing as we are currently out of mattresses. Now we can at least cater to 18 more homeless people,” she says.

V Elim Nightshelter will be hosting a fundraiser at The Barnyard Theatre in Bellville on 12 September at 20:00. Tickets cost R160. For bookings and information call Shafeek Ortell on 061 414 8993 or email elimnightshelter@telkomsa.net.

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