Love Packs Report St Andrews Newlands

– via: 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.

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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.

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“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.”

– Beverley Hendricks the Program Manager of Fikelela:

Article by Rob Coombe from St Andrews Newlands