LEANDRI VAN SCHALKWYK
Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Joy Matshoge made good on her word when she met with residents and staff members of Reakgona Adult Centre for the disabled at Mike’s Kitchen Polokwane on Friday.
During Matshoge’s initial visit to the centre a few weeks ago she delivered fruit and vegetables, but at the same time indicated that she wanted to do more. Matshoge got her department involved in a Clothes Donation Drive, which resulted in a huge amount of clothes being collected for donation to Reakgona.
Once Mike’s Kitchen heard about the MEC’s project, they decided they also want to be involved. They arranged for Matshoge, some of her personnel, the staff and residents of the centre to gather at Mike’s Kitchen where a treat awaited them all. Apart from the lovely food provided, the day was also brightened up by the Reakgona residents’ dancing, singing and poetry reading. There was also a small gift for each resident and a wristwatch for each of the staff members.
Matshoge said she was glad that they could have done something for the centre.
“We stretch our wings out to this people and we want to be like mothers to them and take care of them.”
Dingie Machado, Manager of Reakgona Adult Centre said she was happy and grateful that the MEC kept her promise because many people say they would help but never did so.
“I was very happy and emotional when the MEC contacted me and told me about her Clothes Donation Drive. Our relationship with the department is growing and I look forward to working with them,” Machado said.
She wished the MEC and her department good luck for their projects during the year and thanked them for their support.