March 2020 … national lockdown … our churches were forced to close and our voluntary work and fundraising came to an abrupt halt.
But, just as Jesus was able to feed multitudes of people with five loaves and two fish, by the grace of God and the support of our community St Charles, Victory Park, was able to continue making a big difference in the lives of poor and needy people last year.
Miraculously, the conference reports:
- 92 580 people were fed (7 715 per month)
- 400 blankets, pairs of shoes and clothing were distributed
- R96 178 worth of food vouchers and Covid relief was distributed
- 300 toiletry packs were handed out
- Over 10 000 loaves of bread were distributed
Huge thanks to our supporters – Woolworths (Sandton, Victory Park and Parktown North), Doppio Zero, Fairlands Spar, Ferreira Fresh and Go Fresh – who donated food, meat and fruit worth over R18 million. We are also blessed by the support of our parishioners, parents of De La Salle Holy Cross College and members of the community who have donated over R800 000 to keep our projects on track.
Samoosas are also being sold after 8 am and 10 am mass on Sundays as part of our fundraising initiative. Parishioners are urged to share a bit of fellowship and enjoy these delicious treats – just R20 for three! Thanks to Debbie and Lionel Abrahams and their team of helpers for preparing the samoosas.
We are completely in awe of the generosity shown by everyone who helped us in any way, supporting the needy and most vulnerable among us.
We thank God for allowing us to be His “hands and feet” in these trying times.