For the second year running, Bedfordview and Edenvale NEWS joined forces with Karaglen SuperSpar in support of the Khanyisa Trust Soup Kitchen in Edenvale, which provides daily meals to the homeless.
The teams from the Spar and the NEWS dropped off this year’s donations of non-perishable food items on July 4 in commemoration of Mandela Day.
The donations, used by Khanyisa to feed over 100 people daily, five days a week, were made by community members who shopped at Karaglen SuperSpar.
“We first realised the need to support this Edenvale charity in 2017 after our journalist, Stephan Lehman, met with the homeless in Edenvale following an assault on a homeless man. What Khanyisa offers to our community goes far beyond just a soup kitchen. Khanyisa Trust assists job seekers find employment. There is value in this type of charity work. Not only is Khanyisa feeding the hungry, the trust also aims to help people win back their independence through employment,” said the editor of Bedfordview and Edenvale NEWS, Marietta Lombard.
“There is power in what we print. We print what we care about, and what we care about is our communities’ well-being,” said Lombard.
A series of articles highlighting individuals’ stories and the soup kitchen’s daily needs was published. The newspaper also acknowledged loyal supporters of the soup kitchen whose actions resulted in a greater response to the soup kitchen’s needs.
Angel Mdlalose, manager of Karaglen SuperSpar, said the Spar is focused on assisting the community.
Dipuo Tekana, manager of Khanyisa Trust, said the donations add variety to the meals the soup kitchen provides.
It is estimated that approximately 70 per cent of the people visiting the kitchen on a daily basis are homeless, with approximately 30 per cent being unemployed.
For many families in Edenvale, Khanyisa’s daily meal is the only meal they will receive each day. Contact Khanyisa on 011 452 6176 or email [email protected] for more information.
The first collection drive in support of Khanyisa Trust Soup Kitchen was held in 2017. Dipuo Tekana (Khanyisa manager), Val Wepener (Bedfordview and Edenvale NEWS advertising sales consultant), Makgobe Makgamatha (Khanyisa), Sanet Bester (Bedfordview and Edenvale NEWS advertising sales consultant), Rethabile Dhlamini (Khanyisa), Marietta Lombard (Bedfordview and Edenvale NEWS editor), Charmaine Slater (Bedfordview and Edenvale NEWS assistant editor), Sifiso Khumalo (Khanyisa) and Winnie Negota (Khanyisa).
Edenvale journalist Stephan Lehman and Khanyisa manager Dipuo Tekana.
By Marietta Lombard