Scouts do their bit to help

Irma Cotton

The scouts of Mitchell’s Plain worked together to make jars of hope, filled with enough soup to feed eight people, as part of their scout challenge for Madiba month.

They also made conservation stoves from recycled tins, which can be used outdoors.

Both formed part of the 1st Westridge group’s Save our Planet project, said pack scouter Irma Cotton.

Before the lockdown period they had been making the items but that was put on hold and they now need more big tins to make more conservation stoves which they give to homeless people so that they can cook outdoors.

Scouts involved in the initiative are from the 1st Westridge, 1st Rocklands and 1st Strandfontein packs.

Warren Alexander, an auxiliary social worker for the Afrikaanse Christelike Vroue Vereniging (ACVV) a child protection organisation, said the jars of hope would be handed to foster care parents on their client list.

“Foster care parents are at home during the lockdown period, most of them without jobs. Their children are at home during this time too, and these jars of hope can help them,” said ACVV social worker Belinda Ruiters. “Covid-19 has impacted a lot of families and we are helping them where we can.”

If you have large baby milk or coffee tins to donate, contact Ms Cotton on 083 416 9141.