Helping those in need

28 January 2019 | Local News

Leandrea Louw - A project started by Theunes Duvenhage, Jenny Mynhardt and Vivien Potgieter saw donations pouring in on the day before Christmas to help those in need in Walvis Bay.

The goods collected by the Blessing Truck initiative were handed over to Walvis Bay Community Church pastor Tobie Nel and distributed to Jonah Home, Kids Haven, His House Care Centre, as well as individual families.

“We decided to start the project to make a small difference in the lives of less fortunate children and adults alike, and to ensure they have something to eat on Christmas Day,” said Mynhardt.

The truck started its journey at the Dockside Seafood and Grill, where people donated food and toiletries. It travelled along the main road, stopping at retail stores, as well as at Dunes Mall and gave residents a chance to make a donation. The truck was accompanied by motorbikes, while Christmas Carols blasted from its stereo.

According to Duvenhage, the donations did not stop after the deliveries, as people still continued to deposit money into an account, raising a total of N$6 800. “With the money we bought mince, stew, mixed vegetables, rice and porridge which we once again handed over to pastor Nel for distribution to those in need.” Duvenhage expressed his gratitude to the Walvis Bay community and everyone who donated to the cause.

The trio plans to make it an annual event and expand it to surrounding towns.

Endeavour and Khandi Fishing also donated game meat to the value of N$30 000 to various elderly associations in Walvis Bay. The joint venture of the two companies came into working in 2013. Their first donation of meat through the office of the Walvis Bay Urban Constituency office was in 2016.

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