The 947 Truck Of Love with SPAR is back and we're on the road!


222 days ago

947 knows you don’t just love your city! You love making everyone in it feel good. We feel the same way – that’s why we’re bringing back the 947 Truck of Love with Spar. You know what to do – tell us what to load it up with and where to send it. And together we could make this festive season a lot festive for everyone in Joburg.

The 947 Truck of Love with Spar.

The Soweto Home for the Aged

The Soweto Home for the Aged is a registered non-profit organisation that was established in 1988. The Home was borne out of the desperate need to provide care for the homeless, the destitute, the neglected and the needy elderly persons of Soweto and the neighbouring areas.

The Home consistently engages in civil society, public and private sector organisations to help become partners in shaping the lives of their senior citizens.

The Greg & Lucky Drive Show team filled up the SPAR Truck Of Love and went to lend a helping hand.

Services rendered at the Home include:

· Provision of residential care for the needy older persons.

· Provision of refuge for the destitute and extremely infirm elderly.

· Therapeutic counseling services by professional Social Workers.

· Provision of Health Care services.

· Medical assessments and treatment provision by a Professional Doctor and Professional Nurses.

· Adult educational training and development.

· Re-unification services reuniting the elderly with their families.

· Skills development centre.

The home is currently caring for 122 elderly persons with full board and lodging, and full-service delivery in the best interest of the older person. The residential structure consists of 6 cottages that accommodates non-frail elderly, and a frail wing that consists of 5 rooms for males and 5 rooms for females with a total of 57 residents. The frail wing employs Professional Nurses and Health Care workers that provide 24 hr medical care and check-ups.

The Home receives an annual social grant but further depends largely on donations and voluntary work. It is the objective of the Soweto Home to continue in its work of caring for the aged and establishing a safe and healthy environment for the elderly and the destitute.

Watch the beautiful video below...

Tumelo Home

The word Tumelo means "Faith", Tumelo Home was established in April 1996 by Dr Moses Thindisa and his late wife Orina Thindisa. The Home is located in Ivory Park Ext 5 in Midrand. It is a Non-Profit Organisation that has been registered with the Department of Social Development since 2002. Tumelo Home focuses on residential and day care for mentally and physically disabled children, this includes daily bathing, feeding, dressing and also provides the children with stimulation programmes to empower them.

The home started as a day care centre but later on turned into a 24 hr operational centre, as parents would bring their children using false addresses and details with the intention of not coming back to collect them. The centre currently accommodates 32 children, in which, approximately 70% of the them are either orphaned, abandoned, abused, or come from a poor background.

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Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW)

Pets are always there for us when we need them. Loyal and steadfast, they are an endless source of unconditional love.Pet owners in disadvantaged communities love their pets just as anywhere else. But pets suffer from poverty the same way their owners do. Without the means to provide proper care, pets can be vulnerable to disease, malnutrition and abandonment. Dogs and cats in developing countries are particularly likely to suffer from neglect and poor health

CLAW is a welfare organisation, renowned as the pioneer of community based primary animal healthcare in South Africa. IFAW is proud to support CLAW as a flagship project of its Community Led Animal Welfare programme.

CLAW provides dependable veterinary health care services to impoverished communities where conventional vet care is often unavailable.

This includes:

· Vaccination of domestic animals to prevent the spread of communicable diseases

· Provide sterilization for impoverished communities

· Rescue and rehoming unwanted animals to loving adoptive homes

· Using education to promote positive attitudes and perceptions with regards to animals and the humane treatment of them

Ayanda MVP hopped into the 947 Truck Of Love with SPAR to show some holiday love to CLAW.

You can find out more information about CLAW if you would like to get involved or to find out more information.

You can also listen to the podcast below...

Othandweni Centre

Othandweni, which means “Place of Love”, is situated in Mofolo South, Soweto and offers residential care for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. The Centre which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year was established in 1984 and caters for 90 children from the ages of birth to 18 years. The Centre also has limited space available for destitute mothers or pregnant women who are contemplating the futures of their unborn children. Othandweni as incidences of child abandonment, abuse and neglect are increasing. In addition, we are now faced with a growing number of AIDS orphans and HIV+ babies in need of shelter and special care.

The Cottages

  • The Cottages offer supervised care in a family setting to 60 school-going children and teenagers.

  • The aim of the cottage system is to minimise the effects of long-term institutionalised living and to create a homelike environment.

  • There are five cottages divided into age groups: the youngest children are 5 years old and the oldest children are 18.

  • These cottages recently underwent a much-needed revamp and were each renamed as Houses embracing a number of values core in any child’s development, namely the Houses of Hope, Dignity, Respect, Trust and Honesty.

  • These same values are inculcated and re-modelled to the children daily.

The Nursery

  • The nursery provides care for 30 babies and toddlers at any given time, who receive 24-hour supervision by qualified nurses and nursing assistants.

  • Babies who have been found abandoned or neglected are often suffering from a variety of ailments.

Watch the video below to see what happened when Frankie surprised Othandweni Centre.

Home Of Hope

Founded in 2000 by Khanyisile Motsa, and run under her diligent care ever, Home of Hope for Girls, is an autonomous, self-started initiative to provide real care for exploited, trafficked and abused children in the city of Johannesburg. It is more than just a residential shelter; it is a loving home where dignity is restored, the past is healed, and the girls are given the tools to take control of their futures. Home of Hope also reaches out to the community offering the most vulnerable members support, practical help and a lifeline.

Home of Hope is engaged in increasing awareness of the plight of children on the street, in very poor homes and those in brothels in Johannesburg inner city. Their reach includes public awareness and awareness among the children themselves. For example, education on the dangers of HIV/AIDS, drugs, prostitution and other forms of crime and offering hope by way of choices to the children.

The charity is working towards a safer and more beneficial neighborhood for the young people who live there. This means creating an environment where the pimps and drug-dealers no longer rule the streets. They work closely with the South African Police Services and other welfare organisations as part of their attempt to root out intimidation and abuse and also provides immediate relief for at risk children and set in motion legal action for those posing the threats. An integral part of Home of Hope’s rehabilitation programmes is ensuring that each child in our care receives an education and/or skills’ training that will enable them to earn a living without being dependent on their exploiters for food and shelter. And so, become self-supporting, and contributing members of society.

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