LAST week saw the King William’s Town Lions Club members serving their final meal of the year and making it a remarkable one after handing out a full meal, soft drinks, fruit and clothing to the poor and needy at the Old Clinic building in Breidbach.
About 600 adults with children benefitted from the cause initiated by the Lions Club and left the occasion with an abundance of smiles, excitement and happiness.
Breidbach Soup kitchen project manager and Lions member, Peter Moses, with members Ryan von Abo and Desmond Coetzee were all ecstatic about the huge turnout. “I think this hand out was undoubtedly the highest total of people served ever,” Moses said.“A big thank you to my wife Marlene for helping me to make 2017 a year to remember, as it would not be possible without her and to Lions Desmond and Ryan for their contributions, our sponsors together with the individual donors for their unwavering support and to the Breidbach Seniors Citizen Club for always ready to serve the community,” he added.
Von Abo said what inspired him most was the appreciation on the faces of the beneficiaries when they were served.
“I have become part and parcel of this community and love to be in the company of these wonderful people and our visit today is the final one for 2017.”
Coetzee said the occasion has brought with it the spirit of Christmas and would be remembered for a long time.
“It was heartbreaking and sad to see how the people rushed for the clothing and you could see the smiles on their faces as they fitted the clothing items,” said Coetzee.
Ellen Jagers, 59, said: “I never missed this soup kitchen as it is one of the best in our community”.
Another beneficiary, Adele Fourie, 28, said: “Thank You Lions Club, we appreciate your kindness and hospitality for thinking about those who are in need”.