In this Covid-19 initiative by the Rotary Club of Morningside and Rose Park Rose Croix, each made R20 000 available to support the aged who were receiving only government pensions. Masks, sanitisers and other hygiene equipment, as well as food were desperately needed by both the staff and the residents of the recipient homes. Three beneficiary organisations were targeted: Tarentaal Village (Rand Aid Association), Rose Village (Methodist Church Homes), and Eventide Home (Salvation Army). In total, 76 pensioners benefitted. Amongst those who were helped are Marina (86) and Amelia (90), the last two survivors from a Morningside Rotary project started in the late nineties, when there were about 90 pensioners in Park Royal, a Johannesburg Association for the Aged (JAFTA) facility. Marina & Amelia have largely been ‘adopted’ by Rose Park Rose Croix and are included on their monthly food parcel list.
The first phase of the Covid-19 initiative commenced at the beginning of April. The focus was on providing food, sanitizer, disinfectant and masks, and deliveries took place over three days (8 – 10 April) and approximately R23 000 worth of supplies were donated to these homes through our initiative. Pick n Pay (Northcliff Square) staffers performed heroically amid the chaos of problems with their supply chains to ensure we received just about everything ordered. The photographs below show one of the deliveries made, which was to Eventide. Money was also committed to ongoing deliveries of bread throughout the month. Phase 2 was successfully completed on 13 May, with deliveries to Tarentaal and Rose Village, where the beneficiaries were very appreciative!
RCoM is now proudly partnering with Early Care Foundation and Anchor Capital in the Sechaba Support Project to raise the funds needed to feed 400 men, women and children for 5 days a week for the next 3 months and provide financial aid to 90 teachers and child carers who are not getting income at present.