Victim rooms beautified

2019-10-01 06:00
Teresa Poverello and Desiree Davids have fun preparing the rooms during their care packs handover at the Kensington police station.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Teresa Poverello and Desiree Davids have fun preparing the rooms during their care packs handover at the Kensington police station.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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The Kensington police station victim’s centre now has brighter walls, care packs and bottled water for survivors of abuse attending counselling sessions.

This is all thanks to members of the Connect Group within the Hillsong Church in Century City and Louis Rossouw, Wondernut Cape Town area manager, who donated bottled water.

They handed over their donations on Thursday 19 September.

The Connect Group runs various programmes to help vulnerable people in different communities.

The Be the Change Feed and Build programme, a wing of Hillsong Church, provided the care packs and painted the walls of the two victim rooms at the centre.

It collects donations from and around Cape Town and gives them to the needy. It also helps with the station’s after-school programme by making sure participating learners from Sunderland Primary School are fed.

Teresa Poverello, one of the group’s 15 committed members, says it is supported by many at the church. She says the group’s objective is to give hope to the hopeless and to show them people still care.

She says when they heard about the victim rooms from Sgt Angeline Grill, the spokesperson for Kensington police station, the group wanted to make a difference and committed to donate the care packs as often as needed.

“We do not interact with the victims, but it brought tears to my eyes when Angie gave feedback about their reaction to the colourful rooms and the care packs. If we could all start doing a little bit, we could have a better world,” says Poverello.

She says people shouldn’t try to make a difference just one day in a year, rather they should try to help whenever they can.

Desiree Davids, another member, says her experience with poverty is the reason why she joined the group. She is retired and invests her time to source donations, identify beneficiaries and to make a difference in the lives of others.

Rossouw tells a similar story. He says when Grill told him about the victim rooms, he knew he had to contribute towards making victims feel better during counselling.

He says Kensington is affected by crime and poverty. He says the community needs help to stay positive.

“I grew up in an abusive household. I know how hard it is being a victim. Having the knowledge that someone cares gives you hope.

“I want to remind all those that come to the victim centre that they are better than their circumstances. They are cared for and they should never lose hope,” Rossouw says.

Grill says the care packs, the rooms’ bright colours and the bottled water help to create a relaxing environment which calms victims during intense moments.

“It is the little things like these that change lives,” says Grill.

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