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The Store sale nets cash for HSSG

A local secondhand store has, for the ninth year running, donated a large sum of money to a local charity.

The Helderberg Stroke Support Group (HSSG) was this year’s beneficiary of The Store’s annual three-day charity clothing sale, which is held at the secondhand store in Andries Pretorius Street, Somerset West, every October. A donation of R37 000 was handed over to the HSSG last Tuesday (3 November).

Since the establishment of the fundraising initiative, The Store has raised over R220 000 for various local NPOs such as the Bizweni Centre for Children with Disabilities, Patch Helderberg centre for abused children, The Gabriella Centre, Isibali, Animal Township Rescue and Rape Crisis Helderberg, among others.

The HSSG has been assisting stroke survivors and their families in the basin since 1993. Stroke survivors and persons of disabilities are a marginalised group and, as such, not many grants are awarded to support them.

Strokes are the leading cause of death in the Western Cape and one of the leading causes of disability in the country. HSSG runs four programmes, namely rehabilitation, training and education, stroke prevention and advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities.

Persons with disabilities are particularly vulnerable and were hard hit by Covid-19 and lockdown. In response, the organisation launched a fifth programme, Covid Response Programme, this year, which aims to assist stroke survivors with food and relief parcels and home exercise programmes.

“This year, with so much focus on Covid-19, we decided to assist a charity that was helping local communities most severely impacted by this pandemic,” said Stephanie Hendriksz, owner of The Store. “The HSSG is working with one of our most vulnerable communities and we hope that we have, in our small way, empowered this inspiring organisation to continue their amazing work. We hope that The Store’s donation helps HSSG to distribute more food parcels to those in need.”

This year alone, HSSG is assisting 295 stroke survivors and their families in Helderberg and Grabouw. These numbers are escalating daily and there is a desperate need to provide support to the impoverished communities supported by HSSG. Over 1 000 food parcels have been delivered since April.

On receiving the donation, HSSG chairperson Marian Engelbrecht said: “We are very grateful to The Store for this generous donation to be able to continue to support the stroke survivors in our communities. A portion of the funds will be allocated to food parcels for our Covid Response Programme. Thank you to Stephanie and her wonderful team.”

The Store continues to strive to support local charities and NPOs in the Helderberg and, in spite of the Covid-19 challenges, was able to call on the support of customers and staff to prepare for this year’s sale. As always, the support from the community was incredible to see, added Hendriksz.

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