Lending a helping hand

The entrance to Ocean View.

Across the far south, community leaders, businesses, charities and ordinary residents have come together to help those most vulnerable during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Members of the Ocean View Mosque have been cooking for the most needy in their community every Thursday for the last six years, but now they’re providing meals for
2 000 people. WhatsApp Rashid Davids at 073 937 0864.

Ocean View Baptist Church has distributed 150 family food hampers. Contact Sharone Daniels at 076 904 5693.

Nadia Petersen, chairwoman of Groundbreakers after-school programme in Ocean View, is feeding 250 children twice a day. The Ocean View Organic Farmers baked 50 loaves of fresh bread for them last week. Contact Nadia at 082 259 5816, visit their Facebook page or email groundbreakers101@gmail.com

Yandiswa Mazwana, from Masi Creative Hub, started hygiene training in Masiphumelele and has been feeding 500 children daily with support
from international friends, Masicorp and food-donation trolleys at Longbeach Mall’s Pick n Pay and
Food Lover’s Market. She is also asking for pens, paints, crayons and colouring books to keep children occupied. Contact Yandiswa at 071 358 6289.

Masicorp is providing food packs and books for 300 pre-school children. Contact Fiona Maitland at 072 458 3711 or megan@masicorp.org

The Sewing Cafe is sewing washable cloth face masks, for sale for R15 each, providing Masiphumelele residents with a form of income. Contact info@thesewingcafe.co.za

SOUPerHEROs, Matilda Fakazi andZanyiweMavubengwana approached Janine Roberts, of the Ukama Community Foundation, to help them feed 100 preschoolers, now Ukama has expanded to eight soup kitchens in Masiphumelele, Ocean View, Vrygrond, Seawinds and Overcome Heights, providing for 500 people daily.

It also handed out Easter treats to 200 children in Lapland on Good Friday. Contact Janine at 082 787 5952.

Imfuneko Projects supports 50 people with disabilities in Redhill and Masiphumelele and is appealing for donations of food and sanitiser. Contact Khanyiselo Silo at 076 316 2879.

Father’s House Simon’s Town, in partnership with Simon’s Town Compassion Group, was feeding 65 homeless people from Simon’s Town until they were relocated to Strandfontein. From Tuesday, they will start feeding 170 Redhill children twice a week. Contact Pastor Shaddie Valayadum at 082 381 0384.

Projekt Ubuntu in Masiphumelele has partnered with the Rodgers family at the Peach Pip Farmstall to provide Valley Veggie Boxes. For each donation of R290, Projekt Ubuntu will deliver 10kg of potatoes, 10kg of onions, 10kg of butternut, 5kg of carrots and a bunch of spinach to vulnerable households, prioritising the elderly. Contact Candi Horgan at 082 561 2879.

If you would like to join your local community efforts to combat Covid-19, contact one of the Cape Town Together Community Action Networks (CANs).

Ocean View Can: Sharone Daniels at 076 904 5693 or Earl Mentor at southafrica@peacejam.org. Kommetjie Can: Holle Wlokas at holle.wlokas@gmail.com

Noordhoek Can: Nicola van Schaik at noordhoekcan@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/NoordhoekCAN/

Clovelly Can: Taiji Morgan at 074 282 8213.

Vrygrond Can: 078 815 7490 Muizenberg Can: 067 764 3329

Feeding Our Valley Fundraiser – which was launched by the South Peninsula for Peace Facebook group and the Far South Covid-19 Response Team, in partnership with Food Lover’s Market – delivered 250 family food parcels to Redhill and Ocean View last week.

They also distributed 2.5 tons of goods, in partnership with the Ocean View Baptist Church. Contact Sally Berg at alistair@alistairberg.com