Volunteers supported

2018-06-19 06:00
Ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander, ward committee members Joy Brown and Glenda Theunissen, community development worker Monica Jacobs, subforum chairperson and Block A representative Cecil Libbe, Block E chairperson Anita Forbes and ward committee member Carol Mentor with the donations. PHOTO: samantha Lee

Ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander, ward committee members Joy Brown and Glenda Theunissen, community development worker Monica Jacobs, subforum chairperson and Block A representative Cecil Libbe, Block E chairperson Anita Forbes and ward committee member Carol Mentor with the donations. PHOTO: samantha Lee

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Block watch volunteers in Portlands will be better equipped to keep their streets safe, thanks to the donation of equipment made possible through ward allocation funding.

Representatives of the Block A and Block E watches were present to collect their donations of radios, two bicycles, jackets, torches, a first aid kit and helmets. The handover took place at the subcouncil offices on Wednesday last week.

Cecil Libbe, representative of Block A and Portlands Community Policing Forum Subforum chairperson says the donations will go a long way to assist the safety volunteers.

The donation will also boost morale and keep volunteers active, he continued.

Anita Forbes, Block E representative says distance and communication problems will also be solved as the block watches often work together.

Among the blocks, there are close to 400 volunteers.

Carol Mentoor, ward committee member on the safety committee says she was glad to see the investment in the safety structures.

She further added that seeing active block watches and walking buses was a great sight as community volunteers make a difference in crime fighting.

Ward 79 councillor thanked the block watches for their contributions and added that although it was not much, that he hoped it would assist the watches in fulfilling their voluntary duty.

The volunteers thanked the councillor for the contribution.

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