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SAPS employees reach out to care centre residents

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Police officers and administrative employees from the Kimberley police station spent Mandela Day with the residents of Bophelong Care Centre.

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MAKING a difference in someone’s life does not require a huge bank balance.

This was the advice from police officers and administrative employees from the Kimberley police station who spent Mandela Day with the residents of Bophelong Care Centre.

The members donated winter clothing and shoes to residents at the centre.

The organiser of the event and SAPS senior administration clerk, Ronnie Setlhomi said it took the generosity of his colleagues to make the event a success.

“I pitched the idea to my colleagues last Thursday and on Friday my co-workers had already brought the clothes,” said Setlhomi.

“I asked my colleagues for clothing items that were still intact, that they were no longer wearing. They really opened their hearts and came with clothing items for both men and women of different sizes. Many of the clothing items were winter clothes and will be handy to those who lack these items.

“The manner in which my colleagues were willing to help has proved that it takes only a little effort to make a huge difference in someone’s life.”

Setlhomi urged other community members to recognise areas where they can uplift their fellow residents.

“I usually buy 10 loaves of bread every Friday and distribute them to destitute and homeless persons in Barkly Road. This is after I noticed so many people asking for bread or something to eat at the shops in that area. The beneficiaries are always so grateful for the bread and it is also evident that it will be their only meal. That has shown me that everyone can lend a helping hand to someone, no matter how small that assistance might be. The need is great in our communities,” Setlhomi said.

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