Win­ter pro­ject keeps com­mu­ni­ties warm

Blan­kets, clothes and food were dis­trib­uted to help those strug­gling in the cold

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTER

THE Star and Gift of The Givers once again em­barked on the win­ter warmer cam­paign, with the aim to de­liver blan­kets, new cloth­ing and food parcels to poverty-stricken com­mu­ni­ties and in­di­vid­u­als.

The win­ter warmer cam­paign was launched on May 13, 2010.

The re­cip­i­ents have been tar­geted through weekly dis­tri­bu­tions over the three months of the cam­paign, June to Au­gust, when it’s most cold in the coun­try, and has gone from strength to strength each year, at­tract­ing new CSI part­ners, like the Sho­prite/ Check­ers Group, who have con­trib­uted in ex­cess of 17 400 blan­kets and 7 000 food parcels to the cam­paign.

Sup­port for the cam­paign has also come from the Fos­chini Group that do­nated 40 000 blan­kets, val­ued at R6 mil­lion, many of which have al­ready been dis­trib­uted.

Dur­ing the Man­dela Day ini­tia­tives on July 18, The Star and Gift of the Givers do­nated 500 food parcels and blan­kets to shel­ters and or­phan­ages in the Jo­han­nes­burg CBD. Other cor­po­rate spon­sors in­cluded, Tiger Brands and Vo­da­com do­nat­ing 200 food parcels to­wards the win­ter warmer cam­paign.

Needy NPOs based in town­ship com­mu­ni­ties have also been iden­ti­fied, and aided dur­ing the win­ter warmth cam­paign.

Gift of the Givers have con­tin­ued their ser­vices in the West­ern Cape to pro­vide re­lief for vic­tims of the Knysna fire. Their Man­dela Day projects have seen them con­trib­ute 50 000 ham­pers in var­i­ous prov­inces in the coun­try. This year, the foun­da­tion cel­e­brates 25 years of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Imthiaz Suli­man, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Gift of the Givers Foun­da­tion, said their 25th an­niver­sary was a pe­riod of in­tro­spec­tion and prayer.

“We are thank­ful for the growth and sup­port we’ve re­ceived, that mo­ti­vates us to as­pire to greater heights,” he said.

The Gift of the Givers Foun­da­tion is the largest dis­as­ter re­lief or­gan­i­sa­tion of African ori­gin in Africa.

They have de­liv­ered over R2.1bn in aid to 43 coun­tries around the world, in­clud­ing South Africa.

The foun­da­tion also de­signed and de­vel­oped the world’s first and largest con­tainer­ised mo­bile hospi­tal, which was de­ployed in Bos­nia.

Their re­lief projects cover health, ed­u­ca­tion, agri­cul­tural sus­tain­abil­ity, life skills, job cre­ation, en­trepreneur­ship, feed­ing schemes, sport and cul­ture, in­clud­ing the win­ter warmth cam­paign.

We are thank­ful for the growth and sup­port we’ve re­ceived

GIV­ING BACK: Staff from The Star and Gift of the Givers visit Jab­u­lani Khak­i­bos Kids.

NE­CES­SI­TIES: In­de­pen­dent staffer, Buhle Tsotetsi, hand­ing over a food par­cel and blan­ket to a Them­balethu ben­e­fi­ciary.

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