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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 /