The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO) has launched the #BeKindOnline initiative in an effort to provide food and sanitary essentials to three of Cape Town’s most marginalised communities, which have been severely affected by the nationwide lockdown.
Spearheaded by SHAWCO, in association with local non-governmental organisations, the #BeKindOnline initiative has committed to feeding 1 000 families in Manenberg on the Cape Flats and providing essential sanitary parcels to 500 families in Hout Bay’s Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg informal settlements in the next few days.
In order to successfully reach this goal, SHAWCO is calling on the UCT campus community and greater Cape Town to contribute.
To feed one person a day costs just R11; to feed that same person for a full week costs R77; and R308 is what it costs to feed a family of four for seven days.
Sanitary parcels cost R200 (or R50 per week) and include soap, hand sanitiser, sanitary towels, household detergents, a bucket and sponge, masks, as well as health promotional pamphlets in English and isiXhosa.
Banking details for donations:
Bank: Standard Bank
Account name: SHAWCO
Account type: Business Cheque
Account number: 072 713 305
Branch code: 025 009
Swift code: SBZAZAJJ
Reference: Your name
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