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Dargle Conservancy expands Covid-19 relief efforts

People queue for food parcels. Pictures: Supplied

The Dargle Conservancy recently received a very generous donation of R20 000 from the St Andrews Dargle Community Church.

Barend Booysen, chairman of the St Andrews committee had contacted Ashley Crookes (the conservancy chairperson) and pledged additional funding for the Dargle Conservancy feeding schemes that the volunteers (Lynne Garbutt, Gugu Zuma and Nikki Brighton) were already involved with.

The volunteers then chose to expand to the Impendle area to help out vulnerable children and their families, thanks to member, Josie Rowe-Setz, who had asked about feeding schemes there. These people are also in desperate need of food at this time.

Foods loaded up and on their way to families in need.

The conservancy said in its e-mail newsletter that it had so far identified 20 families and put together food parcels which were collected from Greendale Spar to distribute to them, which should last each family for about two weeks. The conservancy asked Nomvula Mnikathi and Zandile Sikhakane, its contacts in Impendle, to identify another 20 families in need.

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“We also really appreciate the food donations, like vegetables from Manny Salgado and eggs from the Barnsley’s farm, many of you have also sent offerings from your own gardens and farms, thank you so, so much, we shall put everything to good use,” it said.

Squash were part of the foods donated.

The cost is just under R8000 currently to feed 20 families in Impendle – the food pack includes the following items: 10kg maizemeal, 10kg rice, 2l cooking oil, 2.5kg sugar, cans of Lucky Star Pilchards, cake flour, teabags, stock cubes and soap.

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The conservancy said, thanks to donations which it continues to receive from members, the local community and some donors overseas, R36 080 has been raised so far, and R21 912.11 has been spent to feed more than 80 families in Zuzokuhle, Impendle and Nxamalala Village.

Anyone who is making face masks, or has access to some that they would like to donate, is requested to contact the conservancy’s Treasurer, Lynne (082 457 2583).

If anyone would like to make monetary donations, the bank account details below are for EFT donations to the conservancy’s Covid-19 fund:
Dargle Conservancy
First National Bank
Howick Branch code: 220725
Acc : 622 1187 9236
Ref: Covid19

*The Dargle Conservancy is a registered NPO:
054-508 NPO

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