Red Cross carers & volunteers with food parcels they have just packed Marchell Abrahams (r) of the Red Cross delivering food parcel
The COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa – though absolutely necessary – is having a huge impact on the poor and vulnerable in Ward Two: the Bereaville, Voorstekraal, Genadendal, Boschmanskloof, Heuwelkroon and Greyton community. Many who relied on casual or irregular work, and daily or weekly wages, are now left without money and food.
A committee representing major charitable and relief organizations in the area has been holding daily online and telephonic meetings to deal with this emergency. The Greyton Red Cross has been tasked with leading the relief effort. The committee has drawn up a list of persons and families in the community who have no current income, no pensions, and no social grants. There are more than 1,000 such persons in Ward Two. Through the Red Cross, the committee is now supplying them with food parcels.
An appeal to residents for cash donations has met with an overwhelming and heartwarming response. Donations totalling over one hundred thousand Rands were received within days. The committee calculates that it will need around R70,000 per week to buy food for families on their list.
Thank you so much to all who have already donated. Funds, though, are still desperately needed! Please do consider donating again, or donating for the first time, as below:
Greyton Red Cross
Standard Bank, Caledon Branch
Account number: 185282245
(For overseas donations only – Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ)
Please send proof of payment to:firstname.lastname@example.orgNo donation is too small.
The committee expresses huge thanks to all the following who are making this relief effort possible: Marshall Rinquest, Keith Radmore, Jennie Martin, Marli Hoffman, Marchell Abrahams, Neil Weedon, Zynoe Patience, Ashley Patience, Kate Patience, Marius Greeff, Joanna Marzec-Visagie, Mienas Cupido, and Doug Reeler; as well as TWK, the NG and Anglican churches, and these Greyton organizations: Red Cross, Transition Town, and Ratepayers & Residents Association.
A particular Thank You to the Overberg food supply company Packtown, operating out of Bredasdorp. Not only did Packtown reopen to meet our food order, but they made a special trip to Cape Town, and then delivered the food to us in Greyton at midnight on Wednesday 31st March.
Over several hours, the bulk supplies of food were then made up into individual packages by a dedicated team of volunteers, working in the DRC Hall. The parcels were delivered to community members the same day.