Love2Serve…the tearful joy of giving

We accompany Love2Serve Charities on their distribution drive in Cape Town

On Saturday, SA Diplomat Abroad had the pleasure of accompanying Love2Serve Charities on their monthly distribution drive.

A few months ago, we interviewed Maajida Fakier, one of the founders and directors of Love2Serve Charities as they put out their appeal for support from the public for their drive to feed the less fortunate during the dreaded Covid-19 Pandemic crisis in Cape Town.

On Saturday, 19th September 2020, we were invited to observe their distribution drive in Belhar. The drive was mainly aimed at supporting the children and young community members of the disadvantaged area.

The process started at their offices in Lansdowne where the volunteer army of about 20 were busy for 4 to 5 days prior, to prepare packs which would eventually be handed out to the community. On arrival at their offices, it was clear that it was a mammoth task to prepare punnets of food, sweet packs with toys for the kids and PPE which included a face shield, mask, and hand sanitizer. However, it was very apparent that everyone knew their duty and responsibility and within two hours, the entire preparation was complete, and we were on the road in a convoy of 5 vehicles loaded to the hilt.

The distribution point in Belhar was the local mosque. On arrival at the mosque, I was shocked to see the crowd that had gathered to collect whatever was being distributed, though there seemed to be a system put in place by the Mosque officials who had full control of the crowd that had gathered.

The volunteer army of Love2Serve quickly sprang into action once again to setup and within a short 20 minutes the first recipients received their hampers. It was very apparent that this was a community that needed the necessary support to survive.

I also had the opportunity to chat to the treasurer of the Mosque, Mr Abdul Alleem Abrahams who commended Love2Serve Charities for the sterling work that they have done in the community for the past few years. He mentioned that it would be impossible for the mosque to service and support the community without the assistance of Love2Serve Charities.

Though many packs were prepared for distribution, it was very apparent on arrival at the mosque that it would not be enough for everyone who turned out and many had to be turned away and this brought tears to the eyes of many of the volunteers. To me this was a clear indication that these young people did this for the sake of giving without reward or credit.

SA Diplomat Abroad are proud to be associated with Love2Serve Charities, a young vibrant bunch of selfless heroes and heroines who give of themselves to assist and help those who are less fortunate. The spokesperson for Love2Serve Charities, Esa Lambada mentioned that the event was a resounding success and thanked all the supporters who contributed to the course.

Visit our YouTube Channel, @SA Diplomat Abroad to see our footage of the event.

By Abdu-Raof Hanslo

SA Diplomat Abroad News

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