One Step feeds the community

2019-07-23 06:25
Members of the organisation serving soup for the hungry attendees.

Members of the organisation serving soup for the hungry attendees.

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In an effort to bring smiles to their faces the One Step Outreach Centre (OSOC), a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) hosted an open day for the residents at Town Centre on Friday 13 July.

OSOC holds community engagement programmes offering free counselling support for anyone regardless of gender, race or nationality.

They offer support with debriefing sessions in difficult times and topics include relationships, bullying, trauma, school drop-out, and criminal matters; and do referrals thereafter.

Daleen Barnes-Oliphant is the founder of the organisation. She said it is the first time they are hosting an event of this magnitude and had mixed feelings with regards to that.

She said they were nervous and excited at the same time as they did not know what to expect.“All we want to do is to show people that we care,” Barnes-Oliphant said.

The organisation prepared four pots of soup. The needy residents were served with soup and bread.

On their way back home, they were handed items that included packs of sugar, mealie meal and tea bags. The goods were donated by sponsors who did not hesitate to help.

Part of the event was also about handing out balloons with a message of inspiration aimed at rejuvenating their spirits and giving them a sense of hope.

“We are giving you these balloons and messages to take home. We do not know whom they might reach,” Barnes-Oliphant said while explaining the concept to the jubilant attendees.

She thanked her sponsors and appealed to individuals or businesses to pledge their support to the organisation, something that would enable the organisation to reach as many people as possible.

She said that if there is anyone who has a container or an office space to offer them, it would be greatly appreciated as they do not have a workspace right now.

Beneficiaries of the event, Aneeq Less, Lona Brown and Marry Sophia all Tafelsig residents said they appreciate what the organisation has done for the community.

They mutually agreed that they wish for it to continue.

“The message on my balloon reads ‘nothing is impossible’. I also agree that anything is possible. I want to study law when I finish school,” said the 16-year-old Less.

She commended the organisation and said that even the beautiful weather was a sign that what they are doing is a great thing.

Brown said those who were not at the centre missed out on the delicious soup that they were served.

“I want to say thank you to the organisation for doing this. They gave us fresh bread and hot soup. Thank you,” expressed Brown.

She said she does not have children, she lives with her relatives. If she had children she would’ve brought them along to enjoy the day.

V To make donations or support in any way call Daleen Barnes-Oliphant on 078 728 5718.

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