Social responsibility and empowerment; these are the hallmarks of the various aims of the NPC, Purple Bandage. The groups latest efforts witnessed another successful blanket drive in Tshepong, south of Johannesburg on the 29 May. This is part of a bigger umbrella campaign called “Winter Warm your Heart Campaign”. Plans for hamper distributions and soup kitchens are in the pipeline too.Purple Bandage members accompanied by a support team consisting of school children, parents, teachers, and businessmen distributed over 600 blankets on this day alone. A further 500 blankets are being distributed by the team to other needy people in the Vaal area.
School learners from as far as Midrand, accompanied by learners from the neighbouring suburb of Roshnee Played a pivotal role in fund raising as well as distributiion for this project. The schools involved were Nizamiye School, Roshnee Islamic School and the iTutor group.
While the effort saw a rallying together of adults and elderly members of the Community, the overwhelming presence of these school kids was noteworthy. Both the Purple Bandage team and the recipients of the blankets marvelled at the enthusiasm and dedication of the kids ranging from 5 to 17. They also handed out boxes of fruit and drinks to the recipients.
While the teens displayed organisational skills in systematically distributing the bl;ankets , teh younger kids delighted pensioners with their dedication in handing out boxes of fruit and drinks to them.
The team clearly “warmed bodies” and “won hearts” . It is hoped that we layed a foundation, and ignited a spark within the youth for social upliftment” Such were the sentiments of the groups CEO , Mohammed Ravat and his team. Truly the greatest gift is in giving.
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