Sunday, August 31, 2008

Prince Albert celebrates Madiba’s 90th birthday

-Zelia Mullins-

In celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday on 18 July, the Prince Albert Tourism Association launched a community project called “Let us keep others warm this winter”.

The week-long project meant that Prince Alberters could also join in the country-wide festivities by giving gifts and at the same time, support the elderly in our community.

In true Prince Albert style the donations came flooding in. Blankets, clothing and non-perishables were handed in at the various drop-off points and continued to pour in long after the scheduled deadline date.

At the beginning of August, the Tourism Office handed over the donations to Huis Kweekvallei and BADISA who were delighted with the response from the community. Johan du Toit, manager of Huis Kweekvallei and Ilze Koorts, social worker at BADISA, expressed their heartfelt gratitude to all those who contributed to this very worthwhile cause. Dawid Rossouw, Chairperson of BADISA, remarked that this initiative was in line with BADISA’s vision, which is to work together for a community that cares for each other.

To all of you who gave so willingly from your hearts, your generosity is much appreciated and will go a long way to making a difference in someone’s life.

Please bear in mind however that this project doesn’t have to stop here. Let’s continue to show warmth and charity to those around us who are less fortunate than we are – the Tourism Office will continue to act as a drop-off point for any second hand clothing and non-perishable goods that you may have and we will ensure that these items reach those who need them the most.

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