Homeless fed and cared for this Christmas
THE City of Joburg and non-profit organisations are doing their bit to spread the spirit of giving to the homeless ahead of Christmas Day.
The city, in partnership with Real Life Church, last week shared festive cheer with the less fortunate at the old Windsor West Recreational Centre.
Windsor West councillor Beverley Weweje said the gesture was part of the city’s long-term plan. “We’re doing this because we are striving for a clean environment without people living on the streets one day. I’m hoping the situation will change one day,” said Weweje.
Pastor Mark Rossouw from Real Life Church said homeless people deserve love irrespective of their circumstances. “This started a year ago during our clean-up in the community. We realised that there were people living in old buildings without food, electricity and water... And some don’t have families. They deserve to be treated well. That’s why we have the city to help these people,” said Rossouw.
Meanwhile, Holy Trinity Catholic Church volunteers in Braamfontein did their best to cope with the hundreds who turned up to receive their Christmas lunch and gifts. And chairperson of the pastoral council Gopolang Moises was excited to host the event.
“This is because Christmas is a time for giving and sharing. As part of that spirit we organised this event and give people an opportunity to be our guests. We do have such programmes on a weekly basis, but not on the scale that you see today,” said Moises, adding that they were grateful to the volunteers.
One of the recipients, Alex Bote, 36, said he felt the love through the gesture. Bote, who hails from Zimbabwe, came to Joburg in January in search of greener pastures. “I was forced to live on the streets as I struggled to get a job. I can’t go back home because I want to stand on my own like other men out there. I am happy that there are people who care about us,” he said.