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Fund donates more than R1 million

The West Coast Community Trust solely funded by Mykonos Casino, has donated just over R1,1 million to communities in need during lockdown.

Further to this, trustees Leonardo Appies, Harris Talmakkies and Clive van Groeningen decided to try and reach out and spread financial aid as far as possible across the entire West Coast region.

“The aid was donated in the form of food parcels, permanent transportation means and the setting up and supply of soup kitchens in various centres,” Van Groeningen pointed out.

He said although it will never be possible to assist everyone, the trust was able to reach the vulnerable in Langebaan, Louwville, Velddrif, Saldanha, Goedverwacht, Wittewater, Redelinghuys, Eendekuil Piketberg and even Doringbaai (180 km away).

The trustees wished to express their gratitude to a number of people who assisted them, or were the driving forces behind ensuring, the community got through a very trying time.

These include Jannie Steenkamp and the team from Laguna Pick n Pay, Russel Geldenhuys and his team at the Vredendal Spar, Ray van Rooy the Mayor of Bergrivier, Lydia Raymond from Saldanha, “Bettie” and her tireless FDSA team in Velddrif, Jon Kilroy-Smith and the Club Mykonos team, and Peter Lindenburg and Team Langebaan, all of whom have done much to help feed the Langebaan community.

“While restrictions are lifted and some are returning to work, the reality is the effects of the economic strain and poverty placed on our community will continue to linger for quite a while,” said Van Groeningen, “so further aid is necessary in the next few months.”

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