Thus far, Boundless Heart Foundation has been involved in the feeding of over 5000 people in the Mother City (Cape Town) going far beyond our initial vision in August 2011.
During August 2011 to December 2011 we undertook five mobile feedings across the Mother City to the homeless and destitute of this City going as far as the Cape Flats, Northern Suburbs, Southern Suburbs and the City Bowl precinct culminating in a breakfast feeding two weeks before Christmas.
We have also successfully run clothing donation drives since August 2011 with a bulk of the clothing going to places of safety, night shelters and those who need it most. Our mobile feeding projects have been:
- First Mobile Feeding: Friday, 12 August 2011
Consisted of a warm beef cabbage stew to about 65 homeless/destitute people in the Tamboerskloof area as well as undertaking “drive-bys” in Green Point, Sea Point and the City Centre.
- Second Mobile Feeding: Friday, 9 September 2011
Consisted a hearty beef lentil stew to about 140 homeless/destitute people throughout the City Bowl area.
- Third Mobile Feeding: Friday, 22 October 2011
Consisted of a chicken Breyani and oranges to about 200 homeless/destitute people throughout the City Bowl area and as far as the Epping Industrial area.
- Fourth Mobile Feeding – the Amazing gRace: Friday, 11 November 2011
The goal to reach 400 homeless/destitute people in one evening across the City – from the North to the South, the Cape Flats in between and at the heart of it the CBD area. We were able to realise the dream of making 800 hotdogs and reaching 400 homeless/destitute people across Cape Town!
- Fifth Mobile Feeding – the Breakfast Run: Saturday, 10 December 2011
We provided Jungle Oats (with cardamom, cinnamon, golden syrup, butter and a little bit of milk) and a creamy Mealie Meal to close on 200 people in need from the Company Gardens to Long Street through to Cape Town Train Station and even into the foothills of Bo Kaap.
Christmas Day 2011 saw the Boundless Heart Foundation with The Taxi Radio organising and pulling off the Restoring Hope Christmas Day Project to feed 3500 people (over 3200 children) as well as providing them with fun games, soccer, face painting and gifts.
We will continue our intervention work in the community of Blikkiesdorp, which is ravaged by the threat of unemployment, poverty, crime and social ills. A clear indication of this vision is our first step on 28 January 2012 where we Dared to Dream – a Day to Dream encouraged young children (aged 4 – 7) to have dreams, hopes and aspirations and be brave enough to bare it all for the world to see.
This year we are in the process of gearing our blitz feedings (mobile feedings) towards a more sustainable avenue and working together with Childrens’ Homes and Old Age facilities.
We have developed partnerships with the Christine Revell Children’s Home in Athlone and have since 10 March 2012 visited the Home providing a space for these young children to interact but also by providing a child with a day of happiness.
We will be hosting two projects this May:
- Afternoon Tea on 12 May 2012 at Huis Nuweland, Frail care unit in Claremont from 14h30 – 16h15 where will spend the afternoon with the aged the day before Mothers Day.
- Morning fun with children on 26 May 2012 of Christine Revell Children’s Home from 09h00 – 11h30.
- Books on the Move – An Aspiration to be more than our Circumstances.
- Mandela Day Project – Reaffirming dignity and sharing passions, love and skills in honour of Madiba
The concept is simple to roll out “Books on the Move – An Aspiration to be more than our Circumstances” to those schools and/or communities, which have nothing across the Cape Town metropolitan area.
Reading is a tool which encourages all of us (young and old) to dream, to aspire and to keep hope alive. Reading is not only a developmental tool but rather it is the mechanism by which entire generations can not only transform their mindsets but can reach out and beyond “what is expected”.
The idea is to roll out 8 “Books on the Move” in 2012 (two four-levelled bookshelves on wheels which can lock) and stock these with reading material – the idea is to distribute it to 4 primary schools, 1 pre-primary school and 3 high schools in communities on the Cape Flats (possibly Heideveld, Delft and Bonteheuwel and Athlone/Surrey Estate at this stage) of Cape Town.
The building of the Boundless Heart’s “Books on the Move” will not just be about building the structure of the “Books on the Move” but to stock the library with a living testament which speaks to service, hope, dreams and aspirations – growing roots of knowledge.
The day’s events would be about Mandela Day – “a day of service to enact the legacy of Nelson Mandela and to give rise to a culture of giving, active citizenship and leadership. Reaffirming the dignity of a Community”.
Mandela Day is on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 with many of our projects proposed to take place on Saturday, 21 July 2012.
The project will be geared towards the children of the community but moreover to leave a lasting positive impact within the community of Blikkiesdorp.
The Mandela Day initiative will this year seek to mobilise people, organisations and volunteers around the common goal of working in Blikkiesdorp around the following:
- Establishing a library in the community of Blikkiesdorp (in the form of Boundless Heart’s Books on the Move campaign or alternatively housing the library in a container) and allowing the volunteers time to read to the youth of this community;
- Providing a greening aspect by planting two 5x5m gardens (67 indigenous plants) as well as indigenous trees in and around the community as well as planting 67 indigenous trees;
- Providing and creating a free outdoor street portrait studio which will capture family portraits and thereby providing families within this community a snapshot of their unity and create a lasting memory of how important the family unit is; and
- Painting the open area in the community in the vibrant colours of Cape Town/Bo Kaap and if possible painting the entire community (over 1700 homes) in the vibrancy of Bo Kaap thereby changing the urban landscape completely.