The Plettenberg Bay, South Africa soup kitchen which Craig Travel and our group members help to support, sends a heartfelt thank you to all those who have generously donated this past year. The AfriCan link fund is administered in Ontario by Mrs. Mary Weismiller through the Wesley United Church in Cambridge.
Total donated into the AfriCan Link Fund in 2017 - $17,000 The above total has been made possible, in part, through the generous ($3,175) support from Craig Travel and its’ clients, many of whom have been repeat donors from as far back as 2008.
Other donations which make up the total comes from the hard work of Wesley Apple Corps volunteers who make and sell a variety of fruit pies and apple dumplings at the Saturday Farmers’ Market (Cambridge) and run an apple dumpling café in the church hall every Saturday morning. The remaining money comes from Wesley Church members and other Churches and donors who have been touched by the hope and promise of this project.
Mrs. Weismiller states “I believe the fact that every cent that is contributed to this cause goes directly for that purpose (with the exception of bank charges) has a positive influence. In other words, there are no administration fees. I spent 2 months in Plettenberg Bay last year and can honestly say that there have been many positive changes. The soup kitchen has been able to keep up with the demand for nourishing noon meals and the Educare Centre for pre schoolers is doing well. The class now has a fenced in, safe, playground and the children get 3 meals every week day. Our graduates are performing very well in public school. The two community volunteers I trained a couple of years ago are now being paid a small stipend and are taking additional courses. All of this is a direct result of AfriCan Link money. Unfortunately, other sources of donations from the U.S. and Gt. Britain have ceased to exist. In June there was a devastating wild fire which raged along the ocean front and burned over 400 homes between Knysna and Plett. While the squatter community was spared the fire, many jobs were lost and thus the soup kitchen has been under considerable pressure again. This money will certainly be well used and appreciated.
I know I speak for Edna Light, the creator of this program, and those whom she serves as well as for our Wesley Apple Corps and Congregation when I say a sincere and heartfelt thank you. Our joint efforts and concern for the squatter community of Q’ol Weni have been most successful and made an incredible difference.”