Community protects its elderly with donations of reusable masks

Community protects its elderly with donations of reusable masks

- A community has come together to protect their elderly by getting free reusable masks

- Among the people helping is a grade 8 pupil whose grandmother is a fashion designer

- She helped select the materials, design and to make the gorgeous masks

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Schoemansdal community members have come together to provide their elderly with free reusable masks. learned that this was after 2 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. Lydia Sono, community builder and winner of Mpumalanga Sunrise Women’s Awards: Humanitarian Category set up the initiative after her friend Thabang Meyiwa came to her with the idea.

"We decided to go out and ask for donations,” Sono told the media.“We managed to raise enough money to buy 30 metres of material and a 14-year-old boy volunteered to sew the masks for us for free.”

Sono knew that Junior Mbelekwane, a grade 8 learner, enjoyed sewing and asked him he wanted to come on board with the programme according to the Lowvelder.

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Phumzile Mnisi, a fashion designed and Junior's grandmother helped him choose the materials, the design and to help make the masks.

“We will need to make more masks so that we can provide for more people,” Sono said.

In other news, reported that another community came together to help a family in need.

Remo explained they are a family of six who relies on her father's UIF grant. However, with the lockdown they attempted to submit his account online but it got suspended before the payout.

Without any money, the family soon ran out of food and electricity. So, Remo turned to a group called People of Hammanskraal.

Remo asked for only R10 electricity to cook porridge for the family. However, the kind strangers ended up buying the family 477.2 electricity units as well as food and sanitary pads.

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