exercise for the heart

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes

During the week of 17 to 21 July last month, around Nelson Mandela Day, we experienced an abundance of generosity from individuals and organisations in our community.  None of these people expect to be mentioned here, but we think a public expression of gratitude is warranted (the list is in no particular order):

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Staff of Retail Capital in Newlands (provided soup and sandwiches)

Staff of Medpages in Riebeeck Street (delivered over 400 sandwiches)

Staff of the Legal Services Branch of the Department of the Premier (delivered and served over 400 sandwiches)

Jo Maxwell (donated toiletry packs, food packs, and fresh vegetables)

Staff of I&J (delivered chicken mayonnaise sandwiches – above and beyond the regular donations from the company)

South Point Accommodation in Darling Street, Cape Town (for repairing and painting the dining room, bathroom and office at no charge)

Natalie Spirus (donated beanies and scarves made by herself and a group of friends)

My Citi (provided breakfast sandwiches for three days in a row)

Katie at Source Food in Loop Street (provided curry and rice)

Staff of Themis Law Chambers in Roeland Square (donated tea, coffee and creamer; socks for the sock drive, sanitary pads, and their time in serving meals)

Staff of BP Head Office (delivered and served soup for 400 people)

Nihaal and colleagues from Woolworths Adderley Street (donated 67 beautifully packed toiletry bags).

You have been blessed with kind and thoughtful hearts. Thank you.

Thanks to KMPG audit team

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.

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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.

when the going gets tough…

When Maria discovered she had leukemia, she and her mother, Alice*, left Zambia and came to Cape Town where she could be treated at Groote Schuur Hospital. She is currently in remission and, on Monday, will be undergoing a stem cell transplant. She’ll stay at GSH for five weeks. Maria is 24, has a degree in economics from the University of Lusaka, and certainly isn’t ready to give up on any of her hopes and plans for a successful future.

alice and maria

They visited us at the Service Dining Rooms this week and made a generous cash donation. Just as we recognise the incredible work of some of South Africa’s doctors, nurses and scientists, we will also keep you in our thoughts, Maria. We wish you strength and a speedy recovery, and hope that your smile never fades.

* Surnames deliberately omitted.