Iftar made extra special

2018-06-05 06:01
Treasured Gems provided the food for an iftar at the Jabulani feeding scheme in Parkwood last week.

Treasured Gems provided the food for an iftar at the Jabulani feeding scheme in Parkwood last week.

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More than 650 people were treated to a special iftar last weekend when Treasured Gems visited the Jabulani feeding scheme in Dove Road.

Rehana Khan Parker, chairperson of Treasured Gems, says although the association deals mainly with awareness surrounding paediatric cancer, it has humanitarian outreach programmes which run every year and not just during Ramadan.

“It is a lovely centre, but it is dependent on volunteers for help. We provided all the food for the night. We gave them soup, pizza, roast chicken, veggies, a roll. We felt we needed to give them a meal otherwise these children from the community and off the streets eat the same food over and over. We felt the need to give them something different and they enjoyed it,” she says.

Last week, Parkwood had gone through a week of unrest, which may have had volunteers wary about their safety, but Khan Parker assured her fellow volunteers that the precinct they were working in would be safe as the community themselves would ensure their safety.

“They welcomed us back and we will help them out again on Saturday (9 June) where they are going to feed 1000 people. That is a mass iftaar that they are going to do on that night,” says Khan Parker.

Following last week’s iftaar, Khan Parker has received more support, with volunteers availing themselves for Saturday, but says that more help will always be welcomed.

“We are also going to have two further iftaars, for Solomon’s Haven which is an orphanage out in Mitchell’s Plain, but they are going to be hosted here in Grassy Park on Monday, 11 June. The next night, Tuesday 12 June, we will help to feed Baitul Ansaar Child Care Centre (also from Mitchell’s Plain) and they will also be hosted in Grassy Park,” she says.

A resident of Grassy Park, Khan Parker believes in ploughing back into her own community, but that it doesn’t have to take a lot of effort.

“There is so much we can do. If one just thinks of the day hospitals here in Grassy Park – people sometimes come there and sit there for the whole day. If we can get different organisations to provide sandwiches or just a pot of soup with a polystyrene cup, it can make a difference. Some of them are quite aged people who sit there, so there is so much that people can do. They can just cook one extra pot of soup for that night and take it with them the next morning. Even schools – how many children come to school hungry right here in Grassy Park? If everybody just does a little bit then it goes a long way.”

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