Hope for Winter campaign ends on 30 June

posted Jun 22, 2018, 3:40 AM by Mes Hillbrow   [ updated Jun 24, 2018, 11:29 PM ]

JOHANNESBURG – Cities across South Africa opened their hearts to Hope for Winter in June. As the annual charity drive enters its final week, members of the public are reminded that there is still time to make a difference to those facing the demands of a cold winter alone.

The Hope for Winter national campaign coordinator, Duane Edwards, says that there is still a great need for donations. “We are thankful for the involvement from the public and the continued support we have received, however a great need still exists for blankets, non-perishable food items, warm clothing and men’s shoes,” says Edwards.

The campaign kicked off on June 1st, and have since collected 2749 blankets, 2571 grocery bags of clothing, 870 grocery bags of food and 791 beanies. In addition to this, shelter has been provided to 508 people.

“Being a part of a campaign like Hope for Winter is an incredible experience and opportunity that allows us to give back, and through partnerships, we can extend our service and reach,” says Edwards.

The 18th national Hope for Winter campaign is hosted by MES, PEN, Isinkwa Setheku and Towers of Hope, in collaboration with various churches and charity organisations. It involves the public in a nationwide drive to collect certain key items, in an attempt to make the colder months a little bit more bearable for those in need.

“We are extremely thankful for the donations we have received so far. It shows that the people of South Africa have a caring heart. I want to encourage fellow South Africans to support us with the last week of the campaign, as it will assist us to make hope a reality for the less privileged,” says Edwards. 

Collection points have been setup in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein, as well as smaller towns. Cash donations are welcome and 18-A tax benefit certificates can be issued as required.

Cash contributions can be made by either Snapscan or EFT into the following account:
ABSA, 632005
Savings account
906 892 5251

For more information about the specific needs of the campaign and the various drop-off points, please visit, their Facebook page (@winterhoop) or contact Aloma Swanepoel on 
011 725 0001, or

Act of Love (from GEN4 Holdings, made a blanket and beanie donation

Youth Day in the Free State

posted Jun 15, 2018, 12:52 AM by Mes Hillbrow   [ updated Jun 15, 2018, 2:09 AM ]

This coming Saturday, as part of the Hope for Winter programme, Towers of Hope is going to teach people how to make "street-sleeping bags".  We start the morning with a big public cleanup action, organized by Shoprite-Checkers, followed by an "obstacle time trail bicycle race" on the premises of Towers of Hope for youth living & surviving on the streets, and in-between collecting blankets and non-perishable food. 
Come and join the fun! #Winterhoop #HopeIsHere #GiveHopeGiveWarmth

Hope for Winter: A Cape Town story of hope

posted Jun 12, 2018, 12:19 PM by Mes Hillbrow   [ updated Jun 12, 2018, 12:27 PM ]

Vumza is a 40 year old, unemployed male, staying with his girlfriend in Khayelitsha. Vumza was referred to MES by the local church to take part in the job rehabilitation programme. He indicated that he wakes up every morning with the hope of finding a general job as a plasterer. During his assessment, the distraught client spoke with sadness about his 2 month old daughter. 

This was mainly because his daughter was outgrowing the clothing that he had purchased for her and not weather appropriate. Due to his touching story, he was given warm baby clothes. His face lit up with relief and tears of joy streamed down his grateful face. He indicated that his daughter was the reason and motivation for him to vigorously search for a job. It was evident that Vumza is a proud father that takes his parental responsibilities very seriously.

In addition, the client showed interest to join the KFC food aid programme. He is looking forward to the start of this programme where he intends to learnmore about the impact of a father’s role in a child’s life and how to correct potential parenting mistakes that emanates from his parent’s parenting.
Vumza came back to report that his wife was elated when she saw the clothes. 

His wife also indicated that she wants to keep her daughter warm as she is aware that fever is a difficult infection to treat in a 2 months infant.

Isinkwa Setheku kick-starts Winter campaign

posted Jun 4, 2018, 8:43 PM by Mes Hillbrow   [ updated Jun 12, 2018, 12:13 PM ]

Isinkwa Setheku (Bread for Durban) is privileged to be the KZN partner of the Hope for Winter 2018 project. 

To kick-start the project, a food outreach (traditionally known as the Potjiekos outreach) was held, where food was distributed to the destitute in the Durban city centre. 

Every Thursday evening, workers of Isinkwa Setheku also reach out to the various inner city night shelters and the streets, serving the destitute folk on a holistic basis, including handing out food and clothing. 

For more information about the Hope for Winter campaign, in your area, 
please email: #Winterhoop #HopeIsHere #GiveHopeGiveWarmth 

Hope for Winter campaign launched in the Free State

posted Jun 4, 2018, 8:37 PM by Mes Hillbrow

In the bitter cold of the Free State, Winterhoop / Hope for Winter tries to connect the "have's" and the "have's-not" to together become warm by either giving warm clothing and beanies, or receiving such. Towers of Hope aims to facilitate exactly this so that no-one gives up on hope! #HopeIsHere #GiveHopeGiveWarmth #Winterhoop

MES PE actively involved

posted Jun 4, 2018, 8:34 PM by Mes Hillbrow   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 8:36 PM ]

Mould Empower Serve (MES) in Port Elizabeth, will also be involved in the Hope for Winter campaign. The branch plans for a variety of special events during the period 1-30 June. This includes a soup kitchen drive and distributing blankets to specific stakeholders. A Charity Bowling Event, with DTS Attorneys, involving Estate Agents in Port Elizabeth, is planned for 20 June. For more information, please contact Alta van der Merwe - #Winterhoop #HopeIsHere #GiveHopeGiveWarmth

Winterhoop at MES in Johannesburg

posted Jun 1, 2018, 12:40 AM by Mes Hillbrow   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 8:33 PM ]

Mould Empower Serve (MES) in Johannesburg is excited to be involved in the 2018 Hope for Winter campaign. Our branch continues to host the Soup Kitchen Outreaches every Thursday evening where we share a hot meal and a word of encouragement with all those in need. You can get involved by donating soup packets and cups to contribute to this food relief initiative. For more information, please contact Taonga Silungwe – #Winterhoop #HopeIsHere #GiveHopeGiveWarmth


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.

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