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City muslim association distributes food packs to needy

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Vulnerable groups like the elderly were prioritised as beneficiaries and food parcels were delivered to a number of old age homes.

THE GALESHEWE Muslim Association (GMA), in partnership with the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF), engaged in a joint Covid-19 food relief project in Galeshewe and surrounding areas. 

The purpose of the project is to assist those in need throughout the Covid-19 lockdown period and to date 450 relief food packs have been distributed.

According to GMA and SANZAF Northern Cape chairperson Aslam Mxolisi Tawana, vulnerable groups like the elderly were prioritised as beneficiaries and food parcels were delivered to a number of old age homes, including the Seochwareng Home for the Elderly, the Crutse Square Home, the Galeshewe Association for the Care of the Aged and Resthaven Welfare Society.

Other beneficiaries included indigent families and individuals who assist the elderly. 

“Although this is a project run by Muslims, we cater to all in distress, irrespective of their religion. We endeavoured to cover all the suburbs within Galeshewe,” explained Tawana.

“As the Setswana idiom goes ‘Sejo sennye gase fete molomu’ (whatever little we have we shall share). This is just a small token from us, as Muslims, to our community in Galeshewe, who has always been supportive of us as their children and neighbours. 

“We pray to Allah to assist us to continue with our endeavours as Muslims within our society here in Galeshewe, to heal the world from this pandemic and have mercy on His Creation.”

The GMA and SANZAF also thanked all those who took time away from their families to assist with the logistics, from buying to distribution, and those who contributed monetarily towards the project and all the prayers offered.