Trying to help more

2017-08-29 06:01
Some children at one of the recent feeding events in Rocklands.

Some children at one of the recent feeding events in Rocklands.

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A young Rocklands couple are doing their bit to feed less fortunate neighbours.

What started as an act of goodwill for Eid has since blossomed into something more, with the couple now in the process of registering a non-profit organisation to enable them to officially start up a feeding initiative. But they need readers’ help.

Safwaan Arendse and his wife Vallean set out to give back as a once-off contribution, but after seeing the need in the community, they now do so as often as possible.

“It started when my wife and I decided to give out food on Eid as we just came up with the idea to give back to the community. I was amazed by the number of people that came the first day and that is when I realised that our community has a real need,” Safwaan says.

Since they operate out of their own pockets, the Arendses are only able to do feedings a few times per month, but they would like to expand their help.

“I do it whenever I have funds to do so and that is like three to four times per month. My goal is to do it twice every week but that [can only be done] if I get donations and sponsors. We run it from our [Walrus Street] home out of our own expense and it costs us up to R1000 to prepare a decent meal for the people,” says Safwaan.

At the moment, they have chosen the name Let’s Help the Needy for their scheme and they are in the process of fully registering it as an NPO.

“I have a panel of three board members, which is a requirement to register, and they also assist in serving the food. At the moment we don’t have any sponsors, so everything is coming from us with help from other residents now and then,” he says.

They hope to feed up to 400 people per day on the two days per week and are hoping for the help of the community.

“If we can get food parcels it will be perfect because I know most people don’t feel comfortable giving cash. Anyone is welcome in giving a hand,” he says.

V To assist, email shafwaanarendse@gmail.com.

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