Thank you is the best commodity

2019-12-10 06:01
Fazlin Riley and Lutfia Davids dish the meals. PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

Fazlin Riley and Lutfia Davids dish the meals. PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

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Feeding those less fortunate is often a selfless and thankless task.

While they have managed to scrape together enough money to feed hundreds of people each week, the We Desire To Inspire (WDTI) Foundation have decided it was time to charge residents for the food they lovingly prepare.

After seeing the way in which many of the residents accepted their warm plate of food, volunteers recognised the lack of “thank you” from many of them.

In seeing the opportunity to also use the platform to instil values and manners in the young children, the foundation decided to charge for each plate they dished and the payment for this was “thank you” for a child’s plate and “thank you very much” for an adult’s plate.

Volunteers Malcom Lips and Sharon Constable from the Milkshake Club have been volunteering with the organisation for a few months.

Lips says after volunteering he recognised that many did not say thank you and he could not bare it after a short while. Lips says he was in awe of Edries Davids, his wife Lutfia and the rest of his family as they had been doing this without getting upset at the lack of gratefulness.

“I was assisting for only 10 minutes and I was so upset that everyone was just taking the food without saying anything,” he says.

The week after Edries and the rest of the volunteers called everyone together and told them the food used to be free but that it was now no longer free.

The foundation would be charging for it and the cost of the food would be “thank you” because nothing in life is free.

Edries says the initiative has been embraced by all the people who come to collect food. He continues to say that there is a great need in the community and that he is happy the foundation can make a lasting impact on the residents.


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