Moshwin Moore was only 12 years old when Mother Teresa died, but he took her words “if you can’t feed a hundred people feed just one” to heart.
Fast-forward 24 years, and this is why the Piketberg golf instructor runs a daily soup kitchen that feeds 450, provided accommodation for 60-70 homeless at the height of the Covid pandemic, trawls under bridges to care for the homeless, helps at a shelter which also caters for criminals, and runs a holiday programme for children.
“I want to give back,” he declares. “One can’t live only for yourself. I am guided by the principle that you must come last; that we, as human beings, exist to lift other people up,” Ten years ago Moore founded the Piketberg Sports Development Foundation, an NGO that focuses on sport, youth and culture. He also used his teaching experience to set-up a holiday club for schoolchildren. Then he started giving disadvantaged children golf lessons.
Next came the soup kitchen.
“The need in our community is massive. I started off providing holiday entertainment for schoolchildren because children in rural areas such as Piketberg unfortunately fall through the cracks easily because of a lack of after-school activities.
“And I started a soup kitchen because most locals are seasonal workers. And there’s no work for them in winter so there’s no income. And without income, they cannot feed their families.”
Last year, when the pandemic hit, he accommodated many homeless people from March to October to ensure they were cared for during the hard lockdown. He also regularly trawls under bridges and other less-than-welcoming places to find homeless people who need help.
Next, he wants to reopen his office to provide skills development to young people in his town.
Moore was recently selected as one of as PPC’s Building Stronger Communities Heroes.
The prize – a four-plate gas stove and tank, golf balls and essential food items to value of R10 000 – means Moore can feed more people.
“I receive a small salary from my golf coaching, which I use to live. I rely on donations to help others. This prize means we can feed more people. I’m extremely grateful to PPC for selecting me.”
Refiloe Manyatsa, PPC De Hoek General Manager, says Moore helps build a stronger community.
The Piketberg Sports Development Foundation is one of 10 beneficiaries of the cement company’s corporate social responsibility initiative, which is intended to help members of the public who are making a difference in their communities.