Residents blessed with parcels

2018-12-18 06:00
Ruwayda Brenner with April Engelbrecth.

Ruwayda Brenner with April Engelbrecth.

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Agents for Change, a local organisation, has been spreading the love to residents from Tafelsig and beyond with food parcels for the past five years.

April Engelbrecth, founder of the organisation says he started the organisation in 2000.

“I worked for other organisations but when they closed, I realised I needed to start my own organisation.

“There is so much gangsterism and things wrong in the community and I wanted to start an organisation that changes things from what it is,” he says.

He hands out several parcels to residents in need.

“The more I became involved in the community, the more I got to know April. He has never once disappointed me or the community,” says Ruwayda Brenner, a recipient of the parcels.

Engelbrecth delivered it to her home as she is currently suffering from cancer.

Christine Kellerman, a resident of Eastridge, says when her husband died she needed to swallow her pride.

“I only started receiving the parcels last year and I asked him if I could also receive a parcel and he said ‘of course’,” she says.

Maurene Adams, also from Eastridge, says she has been receiving for the past five years and says it helps a lot.

“Mr Engelbrecth is a people’s person and it helps a lot when we are in need. Sometimes we will go to a neighbour and they cannot help us, but he can,” says Adams.

Mervin Nelson, who spoke on behalf of the community of Smarty Town says: “The community feels happy and blessed that they can receive from the hands of Mr. Engelbrecth. He is a very good man and he cares a lot for the community. My wife and I have been receiving parcels as well and I am thankful for it. It helps when there is a shortage in the home.”

Engelbrecth’s community work has also inspired his grandsons to get involved in community work.

“Agents for Change is similar to a ratepayers’ association,” Engelbrecth explains­.

“I did a diploma in Law and so we deal with legal matters as well. The organisation is there to make people’s lives better.”

Engelbrecth thanked the sponsors – Mother of Plain, the Coot Block Watch, B.Srauss Attorneys and J.E Fielies Attorneys – for sponsoring goods for the parcels.

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