Helpers assist in feeding children at the Crags in Plettenberg Bay, after a couple on holiday, who wished to remain anonymous, donated 600 KFC meals to children in need. Photo: supplied.
PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - "Good Samaritan" Plett holidaymakers made sure that hundreds of children had at least one tasty meal this festive season.
Anti-child abuse group Plett Green Hearts spokesperson Yvette Wilschut said on December 30 she received a very welcome phone call informing her of a couple, who wished to remain anonymous, who wanted to donate 150 KFC meals to children in need in the Bitou area.
“We were asked to assist in getting the meals to the children,” Wilschut said.
With the help of local police they set up two delivery points, one near the Qolweni township and another in the Crags.
“We received another call later that day saying the generous donors wanted to increase the number of meals to 350 meals, but by 7pm that night we ended with 600 meals. We also managed to secure a donation of 300 tins of cold drinks.”
While handing out the food – about 1 200 pieces of chicken, chips and drinks – to the hundreds of children who showed up, the Green Hearts also used the opportunity to teach them to safeguard themselves against abuse.
"We tend to find that parents threaten or discipline their children by telling them the police will come and take them away in a van when they misbehave. As part of our Protective Behaviours workshops, which is a prevention programme equipping children with tools and resources to prevent horrific crimes being committed against them, we work closely with police as these are the people they need to trust and be able to turn to when they are in need.
“To this we are jointly involved so that we can build the trust and confidence in our children that the police members are the very people who are there to help them."
She said this was also an “amazing example” of nongovernmental organisations networking and collaborating to benefit the children of the Bitou community.