In May we assisted Won Life, an Educational Non-Profit Organisation based in Fisantekraal, by contributing to their current fundraising campaign aimed at providing weekly food parcels for their 120 Grade R learners and their families. Before the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, the children attending the Won Life Early Learning Centre received breakfast and lunch at school and for many of the children this is the only sustenance they receive for the day.

Won Life Early Learning Centre is a no fee school and many parents are either unemployed or casual workers, so at the start of the lockdown, Won Life started an initiative to raise funds to be able to continue to feed the children who attend their school. Through this Meet-A-Need Campaign they are able to provide Weekly Food Parcels to the 120 learners and their families.

A food parcel costs R200 each and feeds a family of 4 people for a week. The total required per week is R24 000 and it has been wonderful to see the support of so many to keep this initiative going. The Rotary Club of Bellville is very proud to have been able to have secured and donated a total of R50 000 towards the Meet-a-Need Campaign to date.

In addition to this need, Won Life is endeavouring to provide similar food parcels to the 30 High School learners who attend their Education Centre during weekday afternoons. It has come to light that many of these learners and their families are struggling as well. We are pleased to report that The Rotary Club of Bellville has also been able to provide 26 food parcels to Won Life donated by Durbanville Pick ‘n Pay to assist with this need.

It is wonderful to see Rotary making a difference in people’s lives, especially during these unprecedented times we are currently experiencing. The Community Service Team will continue to support Won Life’s Meet-a-Need Campaign by raising funds where possible.