Christmas comes early for needy

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IT WAS like Christmas came early for the needy when about 350 people – including children – were served food and handed clothing to much excitement at the monthly soup kitchen run by King William’s Town Lions Club.

The recipients were from Breidbach, Acorn Valley, Plateau Extension, Qalashe and places as far-afield as Zwelitsha, Sweetwaters and Tshatshu. Lions Peter Moses, Nici Naudè, Desmond Coetzee and Ryan von Abo were assisted by the Breidbach Seniors Club at the project.

HELP ON HAND: King William’s Town Lions Club member Peter Moses, left, hands clothing to an appreciative Thembela Ndlumbini during their monthly soup kitchen operated in Breidbach last week Picture: DEIDRE COETZEE

Prior to the handing out of clothes, shoes and running shoes, Moses explained to a packed hall that they were doing everything possible to fulfill their vision of reaching out to the poor and needy. “What you have seen and experienced today is what we stand for so never fear when a Lion is near,” Moses said. “This would not have been possible without the generous support we receive from Dhaysons KwikSPAR, Trellidor and Nick’s Daily Spar – and not to mention the kind donations coming from our loyal community.”

Coetzee commended his club for showing ubuntu and praised the seniors club for always assisting with the serving of food. He also explained how the Lions members were working around the clock, doing fundraising events to make the project a reality and a success.

“You will always see our members selling rolls in front of Pick n Pay in town and that is just some of the many mediums we use to generate funding to make ourt outreach programmes which are many in King and surrounding areas, a success, so I call on you to support those initiatives if possible.”

Naudè said: “I saw people who are really needy today but what I’ve also seen is them all helping by washing dishes, cleaning, etc and with the appreciation after being served, it gives me the utmost pleasure to say I am a proud to be a Lion”.

Jefflin Vervloedt on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked the Lions for going out of their way to make them happy. “We thank the Lions Club for doing what our government was supposed to do,” Vervloedt said.

Please keep on with the good work – Lions.

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