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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:
Winterhoop
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 www.winterhoop.org, their Facebook page (@winterhoop) or contact Aloma Swanepoel on 
011 725 0001, or winterhoop@mes.org.za.

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