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Charity launches challenge to mark community work

Local NPO Walk in Faith continues steadfast in its mandate to serve the community and help families who have fallen on tough times.

FIVE years and counting, and local NPO Walk in Faith continues steadfast in its mandate to serve the community and help families who have fallen on tough times.

The organisation, led by founder Merinda Ackerman, marked its fifth anniversary on 15 August and launched its 5’s Challenge for August.

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The challenge encourages businesses and individuals to support the organisation’s projects by donating R5 which can give a child a sandwich or a packet of noodles, R50 which can feed 10 children with sandwiches, or R500 for a food hamper for an entire family.

This drive will support Walk in Faith’s ongoing children’s lunch packs and food hampers for families in need.

Ackerman said their operations are reliant on donations, and the work undertaken since 2016 has been made possible through volunteers, businesses and community members who continue to support the various projects and initiatives.

‘We have seen the organisation grow tremendously, with more volunteers and the community becoming involved.

‘With the recent unrest and looting, we identified more vulnerable families, of which there are so many living in poverty.

‘People have this perception that poverty is only in the squatter camps, but it’s not true. Poverty is all around us, even in the city, and we have people in need in every suburb.

‘While people may look well dressed and neat, we don’t know if they have food for their families, or go to bed hungry.

‘There are many people suffering, and the lockdown has heightened the hardships of those who were already battling to make ends meet.

‘I have been doing community work for 21 years, but the last five years with Walk in Faith has truly been an eye opener.

‘Every year we have seen the need increase and our projects have grown to meet the numbers.

‘This year we were proud to be recognised by the Business Women’s Association Regional Achievers Award in the social category, and that was only made possible through our work as an NPO.

‘We are so grateful for community and busines support,’ she said.

With their annual Box of Blessings (BOB) Christmas cheer project currently on 300 child beneficiaries, Ackerman said they are finalising their lists, and those who would like to support the initiative can send a WhatsApp or SMS to 081 5382331 to be added to their mailing list for updates.

‘The next few months leading up to Christmas will be busy as we roll out our Gentle Hearts project in early October, and prepare between 50 and 70 hampers for senior citizens, as well as finalise our BOB project by early December.

‘Community members can start with their boxes for the children from the end of August,’ she said.

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