Charities nowadays seem to have somewhat of a grey area. Where do the funds go? What are you supporting? What are your ethics and morals? All these questions are real questions and have a valid reason for being asked.
You don’t want to support a charity or organisation if their underlying ethics do not match yours. It is more than just throwing money at someone. What do they stand for?
Being a very sensitive subject to many, including myself and The Train, let’s be open.
Fund-raisers have flooded the globe over the last few decades. The Cancer Research. KFC Charity Foundation. Autism Awareness. Wildlife Foundations. The list is long, tiresome and hard to figure. Whilst looking for a charity I could support some years ago, this list became a slap in the face. Truly, how the heck can you choose between a too-cute lion cub, or a child welfare organisation. They are both very much equally important.
Well, a friend of mine colored in the grey for me.
“Charity starts at home” she said.
Starting within your own community. Starting with the immediate pain and need you see everyday. Not only will you see where your help is going, but you will also start to see the smaller significant details. You will start to see change, growth and rehabilitation. This is what we strive for at Santos Express Train Lodge.
Starting with local schools, we are incredibly passionate about providing families with the necessities. Be it warm blankets. Feminine care. Lunch packs or merely just a bowl of soup to warm up and share some love. The smiles in return is enough to know, we made a difference.
Talking just isn’t enough anymore. We as a community and a human race musty gather together and make it happen. No matter how small. No matter what form it may be. For the people that need the help it is enough to know that someone, somewhere cares.
One of the biggest and most valuable fundraisers we are apart of is Madiba Day. Driving to a selected few schools throughout the Garden Route, we provide soup, blankets and warm clothing donations. How do we pick? Picking up the phone is an old, but worthwhile concept. Lenichia, our very own support guru contacts schools throughout and asks them!
To give them a chance to explain what they need the most. This ensures the help given is required and will go a long way.
This Madiba Day, we visited Ruiterbosch Primary, St Blaize Primary & Bosbou Denneprag. These schools are off the beaten track and need supplies and a warm hug or two. St Blaize received hot soup and warm beanie hats, whilst Ruiterbosch was given a face lift in the form of a paint job to the front and Bosbou Denneprag enjoyed sweetie packs and goodness.
From The Train we traveled with Soup in one hand and paint in the other….. making a change and dedicating just a small portion of the day does not have to be hard or extravagant- simplicity in what is needed goes a long way.
Smiles, full bellies and a fresh looking school
MADIBA DAY WAS A GREAT DAY!
Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. He sought to change the world. He took a stand against racism and anger. He fought for freedom. Together we can achieve our dreams of hope and a life of freedom & love for the generations to come.