Bikers, Rotary on a hearty mission

KEEPING THEM WARM: BlackRock Rebels motorcycle club and Rotary Club of Bonza Bay donated blankets to Global Mercy Missions on Friday
Picture:SIVENATHI GOSA

Winter has come and charity organisations are urgently requesting donations of warm clothing for people who are in need.

BlackRock Rebels Motorcycle Club approached the Rotary Club of Bonza Bay recently to assist with distributing blankets that BlackRock has been collecting for the past few months.

The first share of the blankets was donated to Love In Action (LIA), a non-profit organisation that is based in Gonubie.

On Friday, the bikers, drove to Global Mercy Missions in Stoneydrift, Amalinda where they donated more blankets.

The GO reported (“Blanket run to keep kids warm”, May 30) that the bikers hosted a blanket drive at the Marques Sports Bar and Grill in Berea where 69 bikers brought some blankets, hoodies and beanies.

Blanket run to keep kids warm

The initiative was started 10 years ago in Johannesburg by the Harley Owners Group (HOG).

BlackRock Rebels president Willie du Plessis said they were approached by HOG Africa as there is no HOG branch within the Eastern Cape.

“We still have a number of blankets left, and our goal is to donate them to street children. We are still looking for an organisation to donate the blankets to,” du Plessis said.

Global Mercy Missions is a Christian non-profit organisation and ministry primarily based in East London. It which was established in 2009.

“Our mandate is to reveal the heart of God to all people we encounter and serve. We lead a small mission base that is located on a garbage dump site on which that our community of more than 280+ people live. on.

“From the mission’s base, our team is able to reach out to the local people on the rubbish dump, along with other informal settlements, villages and underprivileged communities,” said founder Joshua Minter.

Speaking to The GO!, Minter said they run a weekday pre-school where they see to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of more than 60+ children.

“We feed them three meals a per day, as well as educate them and see to their medical needs.

“We desire to end malnutrition in our community and we are combating this through our daily community soup kitchen, medical clinic, community outreaches and church.

“We are grateful for what BlackRock Rebels and Rotary Club of Bonza Bay have done for us. It will make an immense difference to the children’s lives,” said Minter.

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