It takes just six to start

Six women from New Woodlands are on the same quest and are running a weekly feeding scheme for children in the area. They are, from left, Shireen Flowers, Abeeda Carolisen, Katy Plaatjies, Laverne Joos, Valma Daniels and Lorraine Gombard.  PHOTO: sam
Six women from New Woodlands are on the same quest and are running a weekly feeding scheme for children in the area. They are, from left, Shireen Flowers, Abeeda Carolisen, Katy Plaatjies, Laverne Joos, Valma Daniels and Lorraine Gombard. PHOTO: sam

Six women from New Woodlands are on a mission to bring the rest of their community closer.

Starting with just one resident in March, the group of women slowly grew, by a stroke of fate, they say.

Laverne Joos started a feeding scheme in March to provide meals to children in her area. As time went on five other women joined her in the same quest.

“I started with one pot of soup. I saw the need and that it was not enough,” she explains. As the number of women involved grew, so did the food and the people they fed.

Abeeda Carolisen says the initiative gives her purpose.

“I retired from community work and I was at home stagnating,” she explains.

Festive dishes for seniorsThe women also recently held an activity for about 100 seniors from the area.

“We never expected it to be such a great success,” says Carolisen.

The event saw the women prepare a variety of puddings, salads and other festive dishes for seniors at the Northwood Hall in New Woodlands on Wednesday last week.

It was a way of giving back, says Valma Daniels.

She says the spirit of giving has enabled the women to continue feeding their community and bring them closer at the same time.

“This has become a family [initiative],” she says.

The women serve soup at Gallow Goodman in winter and sandwiches at Russel Harvey Park in summer every Wednesday from 15:00 to 17:00.

They provide food for more than 80 local children at every serving.

Carolisen says it’s not always easy.

“Sometimes we sit on a Tuesday and wonder what we are going to do. But somehow we always have enough,” she says.

They will resume the feeding scheme in January.

The women hope to continue to grow their feeding scheme with the help of other locals. They say they are grateful for sponsors like Winners Cash, Lentegeur Hawkers, R & I convenience store, councillors and the subcouncil, AZ and Woodridge Butcheries, residents Aunty Debbie, Victor Daniels and their families.

V If you would like to get involved or donate to the soup kitchen call Daniels on 021 371 0270.

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