posted May 16, 2018, 6:07 AM by Mes Hillbrow   [ updated May 17, 2018, 1:24 AM ]

Winter is approaching, meaning that cold nights for the less fortunate await.

To help their fellow Kemptonians, Cavendish Glen Shopping Centre in Glen Marais is hosting a blanket drive.

“We challenge all our local schools to participate. A floating trophy will be given to the school that donates the most blankets,” manager of Intercare at the centre, Ada Botes, told Express.

These blankets will be donated to MES on June 2 during a family day at the centre.

Locals can look forward to many other events on this day. Intercare will give free blood pressure and weight screenings, Lancet will look at your cholesterol, while Haasbroek Optometrists will give free eye screenings. For an audio screening you can visit Kind 2 Hearing and Clicks for makeup tips and more.

For little aspiring chefs, Maxi’s will host a live cooking competition. The age groups will be Grades Six and Seven, Grade 10 to 12 and one for senior citizens. Entertainment sponsored by the restaurant will include a Coca-Cola truck, dancers and a jumping castle. Vouchers will also be up for grabs.

But, before the fun can start, blankets need to be collected. Which school will win? Get going!

Contact Ada at for more information.


posted May 16, 2018, 6:00 AM by Mes Hillbrow   [ updated May 16, 2018, 6:12 AM ]

The well-known HOPE FOR WINTER campaign will take place from 1-30 June 2018. Members of the public are encouraged to mainly assist in the collection of warm winter clothes, blankets and non-perishable food, as well as engaging in local shelter initiatives. This countrywide project, already in its 18th year of existence, is hosted by MES, PEN, Isinkwa Setheku and Towers of Hope, in collaboration with various churches and charity organizations.

"The cold winter months in our country remain particularly challenging for poor families and the homeless person on the street. There is a great need for shelter, warm clothes and food. With the Hope for Winter campaign, we try to address this in a practical way,” says Reverend Alan Childs, Chief Executive Officer of MES.

"The focus of the project is on various cities such as Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein, as well as smaller towns, within the country's regions. Last year, the campaign collected more than 4000 blankets and almost 1500 beanies. The collection of about 5,000 shopping bags, filled with a variety of clothes and non-perishables, was also made possible through the campaign. Shelter has been provided to 2709 people in need during this period."

Alan concludes: "On behalf of all participating charity organizations and churches, I would like to encourage you to help strengthen our hands this winter by getting involved in social relief, where it is needed. Together, we can make hope a reality.

Cash donations are welcome and 18-A tax benefit certificates can be issued as required.

The details of the Hope for Winter Bank account:
ABSA, 632005
Savings account
906 892 5251

 A facility also exists for Snapscan donations.

For more information about the specific needs of the campaign and the various drop-off points, please visit the website:, go to the Facebook page: @winterhoop or call Aloma Swanepoel - 011 725 0001 /

Winter warmer outreach helps those battling the winter freeze

posted Jul 10, 2017, 4:39 AM by Mes Hillbrow

As temperatures drop, sometimes to below freezing point in South Africa, winter represents cruel and cold nights for many who don’t have the means to stay warm.  

With the cold winter grip set to continue GIBB staff set out to make a valuable contribution through a sock collection drive. Employees and the public also rallied together by providing cash donations to purchase winter essentials for various beneficiaries in the communities which the firm operates in.

The annual winter drive has over the year’s been a great success with staff member involvement. This year, the initiative drew the attention of respected South African personality and philanthropist, Maps Maponyane, who was excited to participate by donating socks to the drive.

Beneficiaries across the regions were touched by the generosity, each person receiving a blanket and a pair of socks among other essentials. “We see GIBB’s involvement with our beneficiaries as a partnership rather than an investment and through this we hope to bring about a positive and tangible change in the livelihoods of these recipients,” said GIBB Marketing and CSI Practitioner, Yolande van Rooyen.

“We hope that the results of this drive will be felt for those in need - now and for the rest of the cold winter months to come,” she concluded.

About GIBB:
GIBB is one of South Africa’s leading black-owned multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm with a solid footprint on the continent. With a legacy that spans over 60 years, the firm is a wholly owned South African entity with a 67% black ownership. The firm offers design, planning and management services across the entire consultancy engineering spectrum.

GIBB is a partner of choice for the private sector, state owned enterprises and governments who seek knowledgeable talent, with proven experience and the expertise to respond to the numerous infrastructure demands and needs of the continent.

Visit us at

Winterhoop 2016 Launched!

posted Jun 7, 2016, 12:18 PM by Joe Potgieter   [ updated Jun 9, 2016, 4:21 AM by Mes Hillbrow ]

Winterhoop 2016 has started with a BANG at  MES Kempton Park!

Thank you to the STREETGLOW team for blessing our clients with 35 food parcels129 blankets and warm soup.


posted May 16, 2016, 1:47 AM by Mes Hillbrow   [ updated Jun 8, 2016, 3:35 AM by Joe Potgieter ]

On 18 May 2016, MES, one of the organising partners of Hope for Winter, is hosting a media tour around their facilities. This will serve as a window to how the homeless live and to walk a mile in their shoes for an evening. The evening will begin with a tour of MES facilities and will end with a soup outreach. The soup outreach is an opportunity to reach out to the homeless, hear stories and experiences, but more importantly, provide them with and warm cup of soup and bread.

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