For a couple of years now the members of the Meeulanders mcc have been looking after the Cool Kidz safe home for children in Lambert's Bay. The home has been taken on as one of our beneficiaries so we help out where we can. Also due to social media members of the public have stepped up and donated to this worthy cause and on previous occasions we have had group rides out there with a support vehicle carrying the goods that have been donated.
This year we haven't done any group rides because the road out there from Dwaarskersbos to Eland's Bay is in a terrible condition with three lengthy stop/go's and the section of road that is available is also in a terrible state.
It got to the stage though that our garage and spare room were starting to get rather full of donated items, so much so that we decided we had to do a trip (or two). On 3rd December we took a load out with our bakkie (pick up) - the road is not so bad in a vehicle.
This was the first load, with two car seats, one from a member and another from a lovely friend of ours who has given a lot herself and also encouraged one of her friends to donate as well. Also on this load was bulk cleaning materials and tinned and non perishable food items donated by members.
There are four children in Tanya's care at the moment but she will soon be collecting another one, a baby with serious issues, all of the children here have issues related to drugs or alcohol or abuse and need constant care.
Tanya with her children, I have covered their faces to protect their identities. This is an amazing lady, she has so much love for these children. She has a continuous struggle to support them without any assistance, if on the rare occasion that a child is registered she can claim support but it is ridiculously inadequate, in the region of R27 per child per month - you cannot feed, clothe and medicate a sick child for a day on that let alone a month!
On our second visit a friend had donated two big bags of toys and because the children were so excited Tanya decided to open them straight away, the joy and the excitement of these little children was heart warming to see.
Might I suggest that if you are going through to Lambert's Bay for any reason, such as to visit one of the very nice restaurants there that you just take a little something along with you to drop off with them, they are always in need of children's special milk formula so a tin or packet of that would be very well received;
Also always needed; anything to do with babies or small children, general tinned or non perishable food, fresh food, cleaning materials etc., etc., whatever you feel disposed to give will be gratefully received and thankfully applied. We'll be back in the new year.
Happy New Year everybody, stay safe out there.