Family fund-raises for St Giles

Rondebosch East resident, Merle Lodewyk, and her daughter, Leigh-Ann Willams, raised R16000 for charity in two days.

A Rondebosch East family held a food sale that raised R16 000 for a cash-strapped home for the disabled.

After reading about the plight of St Giles in Mowbray (“Organisation for the disabled is ‘falling apart’,”Tatler Febuary 16), Merle Lodewyk and her family decided to help. Within two weeks they had organised their food-sale fund-raiser, which started on Sunday November 12.

The money they raised over the two days, was split between the Cancer Association of South Africa, which received R8300, and St Giles, which received R7300 and food hampers.

“I saw the write-up in the Tatler, and I always wanted to give back,” said Ms Ms Lodewyk.

“My mom and my mother-in-law both passed away from cancer, so I decided to organise a fund-raiser.”

Her daughter, Leigh-Ann sent out a WatsApp appeal to family and friends to buy the meals.

“We sold 135 meals of paella and seafood in one day. Prices ranged from R40 to R150. It has been a learning curve, but I would like to do it annually,” said Ms Lodewyk.

St Giles’s John Eckhart said the donation from the Lodewyk family had come out of the blue.

“We didn’t know about it; she handed over the money and groceries, which included coffee, sugar and milk. Every little bit helps,” he said.

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