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GIFT of the Givers (GOTG) went all out for the 67 minutes for Mandela celebrations in Nieu-Bethesda last week Saturday.

After dishing up hearty soup and bread, the humanitarian organisation spoiled elderly residents with warm blankets, hygiene packs and cleaning products, so essential during the fight against the pandemic.

Mothers with babies and other vulnerable households were in for a treat at Bethsaida Ministries in town, where organiser, Belinda du Toit, and GOTG handed out 15 boxes of clothing.

Du Toit started Bethsaida Ministries at the beginning of lockdown to support mothers who gave birth to babies during lockdown, when resources were scarce.

Her ministry has since expanded to include several other vulnerable households.

GOTG have been supporting the project by supplying baby products and food parcels, as well as fortified food supplements that are specially designed to support weakened immune systems.

“It was great fun being able to spoil people from vulnerable households with something special of their own,” said GOTG coordinator, Corene Conradie.

The foundation has, to date, spent in excess of R5 million on its COVID-19 relief efforts in the Eastern Cape.

Besides widespread hunger relief efforts, personal protective equipment and other medical essentials have been distributed to hospitals and clinics from Buffalo City, through rural Transkei, to towns like Cradock and Middelburg.

“The commitment of healthcare workers is greatly enhanced when they understand that they are appreciated and their safety is paramount to health authorities. They are acutely aware of the increased risk to them and their families, yet they are prepared to engage.”

“That risk-taking has to be reciprocated with total support from the authorities. In the event of disaster such as the current pandemic, and being acutely aware of the shortages of PPE and other medical supplies, as well as the disastrous effect of lockdown on family incomes, Gift of the Givers will leave no stone unturned in an effort to support frontline workers as well as vulnerable residents in the Eastern Cape,” said GOTG founder, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman.

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