DURBAN, (The Southern African Times) – The Moti Cares Foundation has accelerated its endeavours during the third of a four-day drive to provide two million meals to KwaZulu-Natal. This initiativefollows the two-week riots that left many citizens facing food shortages, including vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly.
Moved by a plea made on its Facebook page, the Moti Cares Foundation made a special visit to the Cheshire Homes Durban school on Saturday. Cheshire Homes Durban is a special needs school in Chatsworth for children living with disabilities, where volunteers distributed dahl, rice and Nutriwell boxes donated by the Moti Cares Foundation, the Sihle Zikalala Development Trust and various corporate partners.
“We have been so touched by the reception we have received from various communities over the past few days, but perhaps one of our most moving requests came from the Cheshire Homes Durban school. As the Foundation, we were humbled and inspired by the dedication of the school and its staff members to care for those who are unable to care for themselves, and were pleased to be able to make a contribution to this especially worthy cause,” said Ashruf Kaka, Chief Advisor for the Moti Group.
The Foundation also visited the Aryan Benevolent Home in Chatsworth on Saturday to step in and assist 400 elderly citizens and 100 children by providing them with food security.
“The unrest has taught us to reset our buttons about how we feel about humanity. It brought people from all walks of life together. It showed us that we human beings are one. It is so wonderful to see what the Moti Cares Foundation is doing, coming all the way from Gauteng to share with us what we were denied because of the unrest. We are seeing so many people with warm hearts,” said Naren Pattundeen, Chief Executive Officer of the Aryan Benevolent Home.
The team later called on the William Clark Gardens OthandweniChildren’s Homes, an orphanage centre in Sherwood, before heading to the south coast where hundreds of Adams Mission community members were eagerly anticipating food parcels.
“We want to express our thanks to the organisers of this event. Sometimes communities such as ours are overlooked when it comes to these kinds of initiatives. We are one of many communities that are facing food shortages and unemployment, but we were chosen as the recipients and for that, we are truly blessed,” said Gloria Shezi, a mother of three from the Adams Mission community.
The final leg of the July food drive will be executed by the SihleZikalala Development Trust working closely with local wardcouncillors. Distribution will continue in the coming weeks to assist people from various communities facing hardships.