On Saturday 28 May a group of volunteers from the HOPE NGO group went to spend their day at the Alexandra Hospice to assist with daily chores, such as laundry, cleaning, cooking the patients a delicious lunch and gardening.

Lisa Wilkinson (co-founder of HOPE), first got involved with the Hospice at the beginning of 2015 when she went with a group to assist with filing and bettering the systems of the Hospice in general.

“The complete humility, humanity and love of Tebogo (manager of the Hospice) and Mum Grace (Founder of the Hospice) captured my heart and I knew more assistance was required on a sustainable basis.”

That when the journey with Alexandra Hospice began!

The Hospice is building new premises in Alexandra township, through the utilisation of plastic bottles instead of bricks. Through the community and social media the need was advertised by HOPE and Montrose Primary came to the party and has collected over 1000 bottles, which has thus far been donated to the Hospice. These donations are ongoing.

On a monthly basis HOPE, through the amazing generosity of people, a car full of fresh fruit and veggies is donated to the Hospice. The medication that the patients need to take is extremely harsh and they require at last 3 meals a day, always containing fresh veg.

Therefore, this was a simple, yet dire need!

Yet more needed to be done to help the beautiful people of this amazing organisation founded by Mum Grace in 2003. HOPE NGO decided to partner with the GEM Project application and host monthly events at the Hospice, to assist with all the daily activities.

The pilot project headed up by Amelia Bester and Lisa Wilkinson (co-founders of HOPE NGO) was on the 28 May and all the volunteers brought donations of second hand clothing, cleaning products, vegetables, smiles and GEES!

“It was a complete success, as everybody got their hands dirty and the Hospice was cleaned, all the laundry ironed, gardens raked and watered and a steaming chicken stew was ready for lots of hungry tummies by 12pm! There was an abundance of hugs, energy, happy faces and love throughout the day.”

The fresh vegetables for the day were sourced from another initiative called Food for Waste, headed up by Jabulani Glen Dlamini.

He has converted 10 illegal dumping sites throughout Orange Farm into community vegetable gardens, creating food for the hungry and in the process over 150 jobs! Jabu’s statement put everything into perspective:

“Thank you Lisa, it is such partnerships that make the lives of our people better.” South Africans working together for South Africa – now that is what it is all about!

HOPE will be hosting this event on the last Saturday of every month at the Alexandra Hospice. Please download the GEM Project application via Play Store on your phone and click “attend”.

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