City brings warmth to Cosmo City residents
The City of Johannesburg, on 28 April, handed over more than 3 000 items of warm clothing to needy residents of Cosmo City to help them stave off the coming winter chills.
The items, collected by the Al-Imdaad Foundation in partnership with the City, were handed over to the recipients at Cosmo City Junior Primary School. They consisted of 1 200 beanies, 1 200 gloves and 1 000 blankets.
The blankets were given to mostly the elderly “because senior citizens are especially vulnerable during the cold winter months”, according to Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development Councillor Nonceba Molwele. The ceremony was also attended by Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu.
MMC Molwele encouraged the elderly to lead a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a balanced diet and exercising on a regular basis. She added that the City was committed to uplifting and empowering underprivileged members of the community.
The MMC added that it was significant that the City worked in partnership with the Department of Social Development, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to better the lives of residents and ensure that vulnerable members of society were well-taken care of. The Al-Imdaad Foundation is active in more than 32 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
It launched its annual winter campaign in Gauteng because winter months in the province “can be such a daunting prospect for the poor, the elderly and the underprivileged”.
The organisation helps at least 65 000 needy South Africans across all nine provinces to deal with plummeting temperatures in winter.
Johannesburg residents who want to get involved in these efforts can contact the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting its website http://www.alimdaad.com/html