It was an Easter weekend with a difference. Traditionally many South Africans take advantage of this (really) long weekend to travel to nearby destinations to escape and unwind from the hustle and bustle. However, the new norm is to stay indoors and stay safe and resulted in Franschhoek locals remaining safely in the confines of our beautiful village.
This did not stop the Good Samaritans from still lending a helping hand to those less fortunate.
Florence (above) used her time this past weekend to bake for those in need. Chocolate brownies for the boys and delicious cupcakes for the girls.
Franschhoek is a village brimming with amazing talent, and this includes Stephanie Rutherford who utilized her gift as a soap maker to donate beautifully handmade soap bars (above) to those who desperately need it.
The super talented Patel family – Kiara, Jasmine and Amber – brightened many people’s day with their selection of delicious iced Easter inspired biscuits (below).
In addition to offering support for the Franschhoek Food Unit, Boschendal has also been working with Old Bethlehem, churches, schools as well as community leaders in the Dwars River Valley to help those less fortunate facing hardship during these times. This has included distributing food to those most vulnerable during lockdown. An abundance of produce has allowed Boschendal to make a real difference in our community.
Saturday was without a doubt a ‘sweet day’ with a large donation of Easter eggs (below) from a very generous donor. These certainly brightened up the day for many people in the area.
In collaboration with the Franschhoek Disaster Management team Safe Hands Animal Rescue (SHARF – below) has started a feeding program for the animals in need in the different communities and farms in the valley.
Franschhoek’s chefs have rolled up their sleeves and are now providing food aid to the local community battered by the economic fallout of the Coronavirus. Many chefs from a wide variety of local restaurants are volunteering long hours and applying their expertise to make thousands of nutritious (and tasty) meals for households in the area. We are so proud of what they have achieved so far. Please assist them with donations of any kind.
The nutritious food parcel, which costs R250 is enough to feed one household for two weeks. You can make a donation here.
For more information on how you can assist our various charities, please visit our website here.