Addo and Paterson residents receive blankets
The Sarah Baartman District Municipality, led by Executive Mayor Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana, on the 25th of August, handed over around 44 blankets to the blind/partially-sighted residents of Addo and Paterson in the Sundays River Valley Local Municipality, as part of its 2015 67 Minutes for Madiba programme.
The blankets were donated by Old Mutual while the beneficiaries were chosen by the Nkosinathi Foundation for the Blind.
Speaking at the handovers, that were also attended by representatives from those two organisations, Executive Mayor Kekana said that it was important that the both the young and elderly in these communities had come out to support the events.
Describing how the handover came about, the Mayor said; “In July this year, as part of our 67 Minutes for Madiba programme, we asked ourselves what we were going to do.
“We then decided to give blankets to the people of Addo in July, but we couldn’t make it on time because, as part of that same programme, we went to refurbish the SAWAS Hospital's pediatric ward in Jansenville.”
The Sarah Baartman District Municipality made that ward more conducive to child patients by painting colourful pictures on its walls; donating blankets, beds and even curtains - as there were not enough at the hospital.
“When we were done with that, we wrote to Old Mutual and asked what it is that they can help us with. They told us that they had blankets to donate but they could only donate if we partnered with an NGO and then Nkosinathi was identified,” Mayor Kekana said.
“Even though we couldn’t do this during Mandela month, we are all supposed to remember what Mandela stood for. We are able to say that we are all the same, regardless of colour and race now because of him and other heroes, who fought for democracy.”
She said that the handovers were to appreciate local residents, who have been taking initiative to better their lives and their communities and not just wait for government.
“Today is specifically to say thank you for not just sitting at corners and say that the municipality has forgotten about you; you actually come to ask for help when you are in need.
“Even at schools nowadays, we say physically challenged kids should not be placed alone, they belong to the society. Even though they are physically challenged, at their home, they are very important,” Mayor Kekana said.
“We are here to offer our support, to say that we are here when you are in need of anything not necessarily money, but love and care.
"It’s not the first time that we came here; we came here before when we brought sanitary pads to school girls so they do not miss school during that time of the month.”
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