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Two Central City organisations need your help to provide festive meals for the homeless

Two Central City organisations need your help to provide festive meals for the homeless

21 November 2018

The CCID’s Social Development department is calling on individuals and corporates to assist its partners in their efforts to provide meals for the CBD’s community of streetpeople this holiday season.

According to Pat Eddy, manager of CCID Social Development, the City of Cape Town’s Safe Space is organising a Christmas eve dinner for its residents, so they can experience a traditional Christmas.

“As the facility isn’t permitted to cook on its premises, it is appealing for donors to provide ready-made meals or bring their pop-up kitchens as well as other donations to the Safe Space. Those who wish to assist should contact Erica Arendse on streetpeoplesafespace@gmail.com or call 021 801 0140. As the CCID, we urge everyone to lend a helping hand as the festive season can be a very difficult time for streetpeople, especially those without families. And having something as simple as a Christmas lunch can go a long way in helping to ease the anxiety or emotional triggers over the festive period.”

Set up as a transitional space for streetpeople who want to move off the streets, the Safe Space under the Culemborg bridge in the Foreshore area aims to facilitate a developmental approach in addressing the needs of streetpeople. According to the City of Cape Town, the facility has already seen 268 clients – the overwhelming majority of who were living on the CBD’s streets – move through its gates since it opened in July 2018. Individuals at the facility have access to ablution facilities, including water, and storage for their belongings. In addition, the facility also offers access to a range of social and medical services, with assessments and referrals done on site. 

Pat further explains that another organisation seeking to make a difference to the lives of streetpeople is Ladles of Love. The organisation serves over 500 meals a week from three venues.

“On 29 November, the organisation’s founder, Danny Diliberto, will be homeless for two nights undertaking The Homelessness Challenge in which he is hoping to raise R40 000, enough to sponsor another 4 000 meals at his kitchens for the homeless. If his target is met, he will up this to 48 hours. Donations can be made via Backabuddy here. He’ll have no money, no credit card, no phone and no outside assistance as he spends up to 48hrs living on the streets of Cape Town. He will also be creating a mini documentary and spending time with some local homeless organisations so that the public can help support those individuals, charities and organisations already hard at work to provide solutions.”

Donations towards The Homelessness Challenge can be made via Backabuddy.

Commenting on The Homelessness Challenge, Danny says: “The purpose of the challenge is to change the narrative on homelessness and get the conversation about the issues started. Let’s ask ourselves why this is happening in our society and, perhaps more importantly, how each of us can make a difference.”

Pat concludes: “We promote the ‘Show you care’ message throughout the year and hope that organisations and individuals in the CBD and beyond will come together once again to support these initiatives aimed at assisting our community living on the streets.”

Images as supplied and courtesy of Ladles of Love, Gary Dyssel (CCID Night Manager)