FOURWAYS – Desiree Schutte said the project would not have been a success without the help of local businesses who donated tons of food and home essentials.
In their quest to eradicate hunger during the lockdown which left many without jobs, two women have embarked on a campaign to donate blankets and food parcels those in need.
Desiree Schutte, former chairperson of the Midrand Child Family Care Association (MCFCA), said that with the help from different individuals and organisations, she and Ward 132 councillor Annette Deppe were able to distribute more than 5 000 food parcels to families who had nothing to put on the table during the lockdown.
“Many people have lost their jobs because of the lockdown and they are unable to provide for their families. We have decided to embark on this project to provide some kind of help and relief to community members who have a lot deal with during these tough times.”
Schutte said the project would not have been a success without the help of local businesses who donated food and home essentials.”Since April this year, we have collectively managed to get sponsorship and distribute to 5 000 families in the Region A. Local business was very supportive,” Schutte said.
“We would like to thank TRSS, Infantry and ARN security companies and others for escorting our councillors to deliver food parcels in various areas [as well as] Midrand Hindu Darma Sabha, SPAR Vorna Valley, Food For Life, Food Factory, and many other private companies as well as private individual families who helped us reach those families in need.”
Deppe added that the project was meant to assist needy people in Fourways, Midrand and areas around Region A, when it started. However it has since has spread as far as Alexandra and Soweto.
She said, “When we started this project we were only targeting people in our region. We started receiving calls from people in areas like Alexandra and Soweto who needed our help.
“What makes our project a success is that people who are helping us to identify people who qualify to receive our help, are people who work with communities.”
She concluded, “We are grateful that our help goes to the right people, those who really in need and not those who are politically connected.”
Details: Annette Deppe 082 886 8519;Desiree Schutte 082 781 2301.