While the Shravan fasting period has come to an end for many, the Cape Town Hindu Seva Samaj is still doing charitable work for weeks to come.
Every year, the Hindu community ushers in the holy month of Shravan with rituals and charitable work, taking care of the less fortunate. During the month, donations of food, clothing, bread, and hygiene packs, among other things, are distributed in various communities by different organisations.
This year, the Cape Town Hindu Seva Samaj, in partnership with Masjidul Quds, distributed 1000 loaves of bread on Friday August 14 at the Samaj Centre in Gatesville, to commemorate the holy month which started on Tuesday July 21 and ended on Tuesday August 18.
Treasurer of the Cape Town Hindu Seva Samaj, Naresh Kooverjee, said that more distributions would follow.
“In the weeks to come, another 1500 loaves will be donated within the Athlone area. This year we’ve managed to raise R165 000 for our welfare projects, and at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic we donated about 800 food parcels,” said Mr Kooverjee.
Masjudul Quds chairman Sataar Parker said he was happy to be able to partner with the Cape Town Hindu Seva Samaj and hoped the project would grow. “We were very happy when they approached us to partner on this project. I commend them for the work that they are doing as lots of people have benefited from it. They have really gone beyond the call of duty, and I look forward to many more projects with them on an even bigger scale,” he said.
Ward 46 councillor Aslam Cassiem took about 30 loaves of bread to donate to seniors in Athlone. This was accompanied by care packs filled with soap, washing powder, tissues, and other items.
“This is an excellent gesture, and it really is a service needed in our communities, especially in these difficult times. People really appreciate the work that they are doing, and the seniors were so thankful for the bread and care packs. I urge residents to donate to these worthy causes,” he said.