A Year of Goodwill

As the year draws to a close and the festive season approaches, the Rotary Club of Morningside would like to thank the Sandton community for making 2021, against all odds, a year of remarkable compassion and humanity.

“In the face of the pandemic, our community has shown its true colours by helping us provide much-needed food relief to the less privileged communities of Diepsloot and Munsieville,” said Rotarian Jack Chen, “This, after high unemployment, Covid 19 and rising food prices have exacerbated food insecurity throughout Gauteng.”

According to Chen, more than 9 million South Africans were going hungry every day – that’s 16% of the population! In an attempt to address this need, the Rotary Club of Morningside held a series of  food drives held at Pick n Pay in the Morningside Shopping Centre in Sandton. We called on shoppers to donate non-perishable goods such as samp, beans, pap and tins of food, as well as clothing and blankets which they could drop off in the collection boxes of the Morningside Shopping Centre as they exited the Centre. The kindness of our community was shown time and again over the course of the year.

How can you help?

The upcoming Christmas Food Drive at Morningside Shopping Centre in the first week of December is another chance for the community to turn up in support of feeding schemes in Diepsloot and Munsieville, Krugersdorp. Food parcels will also to be delivered by the Rotary Club straight to vulnerable families in need.

Visit Pick n Pay in Morningside Shopping Centre in the first week of December 2021 to support our Holiday Food Drive and help to fight hunger in our local communities this festive season.

Our focus

In recent years, the Club has focused its projects in the Diepsloot community in Northern Johannesburg, with initiatives such as the annual Rotary Family Health Days (which provide free healthcare services to the public), building the SANCA (drug rehabilitation) out-patient centre, sponsoring an all-weather sports court at Kwena Molapo High School and supporting the Diepsloot Cricket Club. Their latest identification of need, the Sechaba Support Project, with its focus on supporting a feeding scheme and Early Childhood Development centres in Diepsloot, has further entrenched the Club’s involvement in this community.

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