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Villieria police spread scarves of joy

The purpose of the scarfs was not only as protection against the cold weather but also against hurt.

Thanks to hundreds of donations, the Villieria police scarf project was able to assist several organisations.

“We thank each and everyone who made a scarf donation,” said police spokesperson, Captain Coba Brits.

“Thanks to these donations, we were able to make a difference.”

She explained that the purpose of the scarves was not only to act as a guard against the cold weather, but also as protection against hurt.

“When it feels nobody is there for you, may the scarf of love be wrapped around you every day of your life,” said Brits.

“You matter and you are important. Your presence on earth makes a difference and you can change not only your own life, but also those around you.”

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“We hope that these scarves will make people realise that.”

One of the first beneficiaries of the project was the Louis Botha children’s home.

“The main purpose of this visit was to encourage them to improve on their studies and to start looking after themselves,” she said.

Another beneficiary, who received scarves last Thursday, was Tears of Joy in Waverley, Brits said.

“They do so much good work in the community that they deserve to get something in return,” she said.

Tears of Joy needs to be acknowledged.”

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Brits said Tears of Joy originated from a desire to enable women who are financially and emotionally distressed to start dreaming about their future.

“The first meetings focused on a small group of women around a kitchen table once a month,” she said.

“However, rapid growth has resulted in approximately 120 women across Pretoria.”

She said although the organisation started with women, it was their desire to be a catalyst for the restoration of families to healthy relationships.

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“Not just within the family context, but also in relation to the rest of the world,” she said.

“This process is initiated through hands-on training, as well as spiritual care.”

Brits said on the first Saturday of every month, Tears of Joy hosts an event where more than 80 women from across Pretoria, gather to socialise while a variety of speakers provided them spiritual-emotional reinforcement.

Brits thanked everyone who made a donation.

“Any person who wants to get involved with projects by the police station in one way or another could contact us,” she said.

“One of the best things in life is the happiness that reflects back to you when you have made someone’s heart happy.”

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