Love Packs Report St Andrews Newlands - Rob Coombe
"Our wonderful Love Pack team of energetic parishioners has packed 980 food parcels and 60 health packs so far this year! Wow! Such a huge thank you to everyone involved - it is always a joyous morning spent in fellowship and community service. Most of the food parcels together the health packs go to Fikelela Aids Project, while 20 per month is going to Safeline. The funding of the program is made possible through MTN. One food parcel cost R90.
Everyone is welcome to join us on he first Saturday of the month at 10am, the packing takes only an hour. please give it a try - 'many hands make light work'. The next pack will be on the 5th July, 2014.
FIKELELA means 'reach out' in Xhosa and the "Fikelela Aids Project" is the HIV&AIDS outreach program of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town, founded in 2000 with the vision of providing an active Christian response to HIV&AIDS pandemic in South Africa. The project's vision and mission is to mobilise the Anglican community to make a sustained positive contribution to the reduction of the number of new HIV infections and to drive HIV&AIDS education and care, in partnership with others.
This is achieved through three areas of focus:
- Support for orphans and vulnerable children: Mainly through the running of the Fikelela Children Centre in Khayelitsha and the orphanage on the Zonnebloem Estate.
- Support for people living with HIV&AIDS: Through the HIV&AIDS Task Teams in our churches and support groups in various parishes that offer a safe space for adults living with HIV. The parish task teams co-ordinate the activities of their church to raise awareness of the ongoing challanges presented by HIV&AIDS, where millions of new infections and deaths still occur each year. At St Andrews this work is largely focused on our Love Pack food parcel program, which has been running for more than 10 years and enables Fikelela's field workers to provide the support group members with a much needed food parcel each month, as well as health packs in certain instances.
- Prevention work: Through various educational initiatives aimed at the youth in our communities.
During May I had the great pleasure to participate in Fikelela's Candlelight Memorial Service at the Zonnebloem Chapel, which was very beautiful and moving service attended by support groups and task teams.
In the words of Beverley Hendricks the Program Manager of Fikelela. "Lets look at how we can together make a more concerted effort to address the HIV pandemic. Please join hands with us and embrace the reality that there are families who are hurting due to HIV&AIDS and as a church we are compelled by the Love of Christ to make a difference out there."
Article by Rob Coombe from St ANdrews Newlands
Annual Benefit Concert
We will be having our annual benefit concert on the 29th August, at St Georges Cathedral. Doors will open at 18h30 and concert will commence at 19h00. The cost per ticket would be R50 for an adult and R30 per scholar. All proceeds will be for the Fikelela AIDS Project as well as the Fikelela Children Centre and Zonnebloem Cottage. For more information please feel free to contact the Fikelela office.
Extreme Makeover at the Fikelela Children Centre
Fikelela Children Centre was blessed with an extreme makeover which was coordinated by Newkids on the Block, funded by Woolworths Trust, and donations received by many others (information will be updated once we receive it.). Our children were whisked away Tuesday afternoon on the 20th May to the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Milnerton. Volunteers started the makeover on the 21st May and completed the work on the 23rd May. WOW is all one can say and a feeling of immense gratitude.
Bishop Christopher Gregorowski had to cut the ribbon at the event with one of the little ones. Bishop Christopher was also requested to thank all the donors on our behalf, blessed the girls side of the home and a prayer of thanksgiving for everything that we had received and for everything that was done on the girls side of the home.
Bishop Margaret Vertue was requested to pray for the work that was done on the boys side of the home, and a prayer of thanksgiving for everything that we had received and for the work that was done. She also prayed for God's blessing on the boys side of the home. The children were pleasantly surprised at the makeover and the staff were their usual self and started singing and dancing with much thanksgiving.
St Thomas Rondebosch and St Mary Magdalene Gugulethu
The parish of St Mary Magdalene, the volunteers and the grannies hosted the Parish of St Thomas Rondebosch and Fikelela to a thank you tea. What a wonderful event, the Grannies used their pension money to contribute to the event and to arrange a gift to each and every person who attended the event. A true testimony of relationship building, everyone was seeing to the infected and affected we decided to focus on the "carers" the grannies.
St Andrews Newlands food/love parcel packing
On the 1st Saturday of every month St Andrews Newlands packs 180 food parcels for Fikelela Aids Project. A wonderful story everyone is involved, the young and the not so young, the young ones have amazing energy and they race up and down competing with each other who can pack the most packs. It takes just under ¾ of an hour to pack the parcels, then the parcels are loaded and delivered to Zonnebloem until distribution day which is on the second Thursday of every month.