Warm gesture towards the destitute

Members of the Rotary Club of Uitenhage South will be at the Engen Penford Convenience Centre in Graaff Reinet Road on Friday, August 19th from 18:00 to 21:00 to receive donations of warm clothing and blankets.                       Photo: SUPPLIED
Members of the Rotary Club of Uitenhage South will be at the Engen Penford Convenience Centre in Graaff Reinet Road on Friday, August 19th from 18:00 to 21:00 to receive donations of warm clothing and blankets. Photo: SUPPLIED

“Winter is coming!”

A phrase often heard by fans of the television series Game of Thrones. In Uitenhage however, Winter is here! The mercury is dropping to an average of less than 9°C at night. Add the inclemency of the rain and this translates to extremely cold and miserable nights.

“Fortunately for many people, they are able to stay dry and wrap themselves in warm blankets in their beds. The destitute and poor however have a real struggle to keep warm and stay alive,” said Manoj Karsan, president of the Rotary Club of Uitenhage South.

This Club is again embarking on its annual “Winter Nights” project as part of their ongoing efforts to help the less fortunate in Uitenhage to get some relief in the form of warm blankets and clothing.

“The Club hopes to repeat the success of last year where they received many donations from the generous citizens of Uitenhage, together with a fantastic award from BASF. More than 3 000 people were assisted.

“The club hopes with your help, once again to reach out to a large number of those in need,” said Karsan.

How can you help?

The Club will be holding a vigil from 18:00 to 21:00 on Friday, August 19th at the Engen Penford Convenience Centre in Graaff Reinet Road.

The public are kindly requested to donate clothing, blankets or anything that will alleviate the plight of the poor during the cold winter weather.– HEILIE COMBRINCK

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