As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, we remain steadfast in helping as many families as possible by working closely with the Swartland Municipality, the Swartland Hospital, the Provincial Health Services Authority and the Department of Social Development to implement the following seven support strategies that will bring relief to those most in need during these challenging times.
- The Goedgedacht Trust is providing daily meals to approximately 1 000 vulnerable families across our 6 Path Onto Prosperity (POP) Centres in the communities of Riebeek West, Riebeek Kasteel, Chatsworth, Riverlands, Koringberg and Porterville.
- We have opened our quarantine facilites on the farm to members of the community who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our quarantine facilities offer a combined capacity of 34 beds, in separate quarters for men and women, with a further six self-isolation units for first responders, medical professionals and Goedgedacht staff.
- We have been donating vegetable seeds to local village gardeners via the Care for the Planet team, encouraging gardeners to secure food supply for themselves and to support their neighbours with fresh produce.
- We have a designated emergency relief team who is providing food support for babies, children and adults as well as domestic and emotional support to vulnerable families living on 35 farms surrounding the Goedgedacht Farm.
- Our POP centres have been made available as COVID-19 testing and tracking stations.
- Through our trading company, Goedgedacht Trading, we are producing an immune boosting drink to be handed out at the various POP centres.
- Our Social and Community workers are available to assist with support in cases of gender-based violence or abuse against children.
To make all of this happen, the Goedgedacht Trust needs to cover the costs of a variety of items, e.g. food, transportation, gas and electricity costs, sanitising products and many other related expenses.
Donations are therefore a very valuable contribution in supporting the Goedgedacht Trust to help rural families during this pandemic.
DID YOU KNOW?
When the Goedgedacht Trust reports on how many people receive meals at their POP centres, it means that one member of a family collects meals on behalf of the family, in line with social distancing regulations.
This has been made possible through the generosity of loyal friends and partners of the Goedgedacht Trust. A tax paying donor, making a bona fide donation in cash or of property in kind to the Goedgedacht Trust, is entitled to a deduction from taxable income as the donation is supported by the necessary section 18A receipt issued by the Trust.