Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID) had a Christmas party for homeless people that clean the streets in their area at the Mowbray Town Hall.
About 43 people attended the party and they were treated to a lunch before they were all given Christmas presents. The day was also used to award those that have worked hard in the year and they were given certificates for their work.
The event was organised by the GSCID’s Social Outreach Manager, Ingrid Frieslaar who works closely with the homeless and sees to their needs.
The homeless people who clean the area are part of the Straatwerk Ophelp Project and they get pain for keeping the area clean
As the people arrived they were filled with awe when they saw what had been prepared for them. Oswald Meyer (52) said the party really touched his heart. “It made us feel appreciated. We do work in the streets and some people don’t see the good that we do, but I’m glad that the people here see us as human beings and that they hosted the party for us. It really makes us feel loved and appreciated, it makes us feel good about ourselves as well,” he says.
William Meyer (60) another cleaner said Christmas is a happy time for him. “It makes me feel excellent. The people here (GSCID) treat us like any other people and it makes life much easier because it’s very tough to be on the streets but they give us something to look forward to.” .
The food, Christmas presents, the decoration and the music was all organised by Pick n Pay Observatory. Umberto de Abreu, owner, says they are glad that they could help. “We are here to help and we are glad that we can assist whenever help is needed as we believe doing good is good business and we should look after the people that keep us in business.” he says.
Anthony Davies, GSCID CEO, says they are happy to host the people that keep the area clean. “Ingrid just doesn’t see them as the homeless, but as her clients. When it comes to them she tells me what to do about them. She is the boss. I want to thank her in front of everyone that she has been a blessing to many, she is special and thank you once more for gathering all these people,” Davies said.