On Wednesday 14 June 2017, we were the lucky recipients of a whole lot of help and donations from the Investec Statutory audit team from the major accounting firm KMPG. The team had been nominated within their Financial Services division to perform the second Random Act of Kindness for the year. This is what they had to say and show about their time with us:
We decided to visit The Service Dining Rooms on Wednesday 14 June 2017.
The Service Dining Room, under the management of Karen Cain, provides nourishing meals (breakfast and lunch) to the less fortunate every week day.
Patrons are provided with a free meal when they present a token – which they receive using the ablution facilities at the Carpenters’ Shop or a medical check-up at the clinic. For those who are unable to present a token, an amount of R1 is payable.
The Investec audit team had a wonderful time serving food to the patrons and also assisted with the clean-up thereafter. We also donated beanies and socks for distribution to the patrons of the Service Dining Room.
Please visit their website for more details of the wonderful work that they do and contribute in cash or kind.
Thanks to all of you at KMPG who gave up your time to be with us, and to those who couldn’t be there in person but still made a contribution. We value your support, and could certainly not serve our clients as we do without this kind of generosity from our amazing Cape Town community.
Twice a week, a team of helpers arrives at our premises to give the place a good scrub, dust, sweep and polish. They also clean the pavement in the vicinity and dispose of litter. The members of the cleaning crew vary from time to time, but they are always punctual and hard-working. They are organised by a nonprofit organisation called Straatwerk, which started in Cape Town over 60 years ago, and helps people to find a way of earning income on as regular a basis as possible. The Service Dining Rooms is just one of their many clients who outsource this type of work.
Our cleaning crew last week: (from left): Mike, Portia, Randy, Jamiel, Abby and Nyameka.
If you’d like to contact Straatwerk for any reason, the number is 021 930 8055 (all other contact details are listed on their website linked above).
Not everyone that the Service Dining Rooms helps to feed are able to come directly to our doors. Meet Mr Solomons from Solomon’s Haven, one of our off-site clients, who collects enough cooked meals to feed 250 people in Mitchell’s Plain as well as over 100 school children, every Tuesday and Friday.
Going quietly and consistently about their work in their local community and inspiring others to do the same when possible, Mr and Mrs Solomons wouldn’t have it any other way. Please visit their website for more information about them (see link above), and the difference they have made in the lives of others.