Taking back the Block

'I want to jump.'

The threat of an impending rainstorm did not dampen the spirit of the roughly 230 little ones milling about the parking lot of the SPAR in Extension Two on December 19.
The committee was out in force to ensure that their fledgling feeding scheme filled the little tummies.

Volunteer Michael Opperman directing the young ones.

They played a few games like well-known favourite ‘Tamatie sauce’ to get the children into the festive mood.
While Santa fills many stockings during this season, many households go without and organisations like these-who rely solely on sponsorships and donations-reach out by ploughing back into the community.

The throng waited patiently for the eats.

According to founding member and Ward 18 committee member for public safety, Ingrid Harris, “The committee was founded six months ago on the principle of safety after certain threats to our children’s safety spilled over into the community.

Peace and goodwill toward men.

Big sis taking care of baby sis.

Fun and merriment.

“This is when we as residents decided to give back by investing in our children.”
She continued, “The future of Eldos can learn from our example.
“They, in turn, can continue the culture of ploughing back into the community.”

Committee members (l-r) Moeniera Daniels and Ingrid Harris serving all comers.

Back row (l-r) Rashid Goliath, Moeniera Daniels, Tricia Botha, Michael Opperman and Ingrid Harris. Front (l-r) Shenaaz Diljan and Felicity DeVries.

Secretary Moeniera Daniels said that the feeding scheme was started almost three months ago on the same day that the area was rocked by the murder of four year old Shaynice Talla and feeds upwards of 150 children in the parking lot on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 pm with donations received from SPAR, Gito’s Sweets and KC’s catering who donated the jumping castles.

We are real men- Hashim Hendricks ladling up the salad.

So, let’s remember to take a pause as we tuck into our Christmas lunches and remember those whose stockings have not been filled and for whom the constant rumble of hunger is a constant reminder that we live in a world in which a few Rands separate us from our neighbour.
Anyone interested in sponsoring the group may get in touch with them by contacting Moeniera Daniels on 071 130 1355, or on their Facebook page: Sector 2 Block Committee.

  AUTHOR
Enver Wessels

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