Change for Hope street collection on Saturday
Change for Hope, an initiative of People Against Substance
Abuse (Pasa), will be holding their second street collection this coming Saturday, 29 July from 08:00 till 13:00.
This local initiative is focused on helping addicts who live on the street and enabling them to get effective and lasting help. With their first collection in May, Change for Hope raised just over R5 000 and with the help of some individuals who filled money tins on their own initiative, they had a total of R6 300.
This plus additional donations by the public after a plea on Facebook, have enabled them to have a local couple, Pieter and Monique, who were living on the streets, booked into a Christianbased rehabilitation centre in Cape Town.
According to Freddy Trout, CEO of Pasa, they have been making use of this centre for the past five years.
It has a success rate of 75%.
“We have a very good relationship with this centre and we get people into the centre at half the normal price. What we love about them is that they do not have a shortterm programme and they really
We have a very good relationship with this centre and we get people into the centre at half the normal price.
care about every single person,” says Trout. Trout does aftercare and follow-up counselling with individuals who have successfully completed their programme.
People and businesses can participate in the collection by obtaining one of the money tins and filling it up with coins at home or at work. A special appeal is made to individuals to volunteer their time for the next street collection. Contact Freddy Trout on 071 090 4450 for more information.
People Against Substance Abuse is a registered non-profit and public benefit organisation with a Level One BBBEE status. Businesses that contribute donations to this project can benefit by receiving an 18A tax certificate from Pasa.
Pieter and Monique, a couple who have been living on the streets of George, but were booked into a rehabilitation centre in Cape Town in June thanks to Change for Hope’s fund-raising efforts. In the middle is Freddy Trout who is known in George for his relentless efforts to help addicts.