Following a newspaper article about their work in the community, a Parow couple has been blessed by numerous individuals wanting to thank them for their generosity. One of those blessings came in the form of a car donated to the young husband and wife, which they will now use to continue their community work.
“After reading the article in TygerBurger a gentleman visited our Facebook page. He saw a video of me weeping after hearing that my husband had been robbed. He told us that he wants to bless us with a car or a bakkie. He then blessed us with an Opel Corsa which we received in August,” Karien Marais, founder of the non-profit organisation Daily Bread Project, says.
The couple’s NPO donates food to those less fortunate. Karien and her husband, Asher, started the NPO despite financial difficulties they had to endure as a result of the lockdown period. The NPO feeds more than 50 people daily.
“Both my husband and I had to stop working due to the lockdown, and because we live day-to-day, our food supply was cut off,” Karien told the newspaper earlier this year during an interview.
The new car was donated by businessman Barry Gillespie, owner of BG Computers in Gladstone Street, Glenlily in Parow.
“I picked up the story from the newspaper, and did some investigation and found that the couple is battling on their own. They feed close to 400 people every second day and every penny they get goes towards helping other people.
“They were driving a Fiat Uno that was falling apart at the time and that is why I thought they need something better to help them help the people,” says Barry.
The vehicle is a 2004 model Opel Corsa with low mileage. The couple’s older vehicle gave them endless mechanical problems, Karien says.
“Our gearbox broke and my husband drove to Mitchells Plain one day to have it fixed, but the mechanic did not tighten the wheels properly.
“On his way home a wheel fell off and four guys robbed him and took everything. My husband ran for eight kilometres before the police helped him,” she explained the detail on the day of the robbery.
A tow truck brought the car back home.
“We got another mechanic to fix it, but he ran away with our money.”
At the time the couple sold brownies to help them raise funds in order to fix the car.
The new car, she says, was bought from an elderly lady.
“She was the only owner of the car. The car went for a service before it came to us and it is fully insured, which Barry offered to pay. Apart from that, it also came with brand new tyres, all shiny and beautiful. We did not ask for a car, we were blessed with a car,” says Karien.
A photography business run by Francois Ackerman and his wife, Theresa, also offered to take a photo of the new car and the couple for the purposes of publication, free of charge, Karien says.
She says they are exceptionally grateful for the car.
“Despite us being in the midst of a pandemic, we each gave Barry seven hugs. We were so speechless and overwhelmed. We literally could not talk and were paralysed.
“There is no better feeling than knowing we have a car that is safe, and that we know the wheels will not fall off, or that the car can break down again,” she says.
Barry also offered to pay for the car licence.
“We are so overwhelmed, we do not have words. We cannot say thank you enough, and we cannot repay him for what he has done for us.
“We know it is because of God, therefore we are grateful,” Karien says.
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