Cape Town woman honours her late husband by feeding the homeless

Cape Town woman honours her late husband by feeding the homeless

- A woman who recently lost her husband has channeled her grief to helping others

- She feeds the homeless

- Donations or any form of assistance is welcome

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Pat Pillay lost her husband to cancer after only two months of marriage. She needed to find a way to deal with her grief, so she decided to give back to the community.

She started cooking meals for the homeless and is now three years in. Pat cooks for approximately 500 people twice a week. She is assisted by volunteers who donate, cook and dish up. In honour of her husband Rodney, Pat named the initiative after him.

The scheme has not only helped her find peace, but it has also helped others. They have provided work to two unemployed folk and one homeless woman.

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Cape Town woman honours her late husband by feeding the homeless

Source: Facebook/RPJ Helping Hands
Source: UGC

Her motto is “Love all, serve all” and she believes homelessness isn’t a choice. Her feeding drive makes the most significant impact in winter.

The two feeding days include a warm meal on Sundays and porridge mornings on Thursdays. This month they made the huge achievement of establishing their own space.

Speaking to, Pat said that the space is to store their stock.

“Thank you for Believing in RPJ Helping Hands and coming out each week to serve the growing need and do our bit to make this world more humane with our simple act of kindness… Bless you all”

The feeding drive welcomes donations and assistance. Pat Pillay can be found on Facebook under the name RPJ Helping Hands.

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They welcome donations weekly which include the following:

Mielie Meal – 30kg per month

Peanut Butter – 4kg per month

Margarine – 15 x 500g

Rice 120kg per month

Oil – 8L per month

Juices – 16 x 5l Cordials per month

1600 disposable plates / polyfoam Tubs/Trays or similar – per month

500 x 250ml polyfoam cups or similar

Fruit 500 pieces per week

Bread 200 loaves per month

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