Kindness In A Time Of Need: Honouring Franschhoek’s Heroes

There is no time like the present to reach out to your community to show how much you care. 
Since the start of lockdown we’ve seen an outpouring of community initiatives and acts of goodwill to help those in need during this time of uncertainty. From volunteers, essential service providers and restauranteurs, we want to use this opportunity to highlight those acts of kindness which have made a difference to those who need it the most.
Below are a few of the local stories and initiatives we would love to share with you and hopefully brighten up your day a bit. We hope to make this a weekly feel good post as we receive more news from our amazing community. 

Langrug Soup Kitchen recently launched “Soap To Save Lives”, which is the brainchild of Aliki Brunt, who identified the dire shortage of soap and water in Franschhoek’s informal settlements. The overwhelming support allowed Aliki and his team to distribute their first batch of 500 bars of soap this week. 
In addition to collecting and distributing bars of soap, the Langrug Soup Kitchen team will also ensure that the children in the informal settlements receive a much-needed meal. 

One of the local heroes, Jonathan Peach, owner of hardware store Build It, took it upon himself to build up the uneven floor at the Franschhoek taxi rank, allowing the handwashing system to have an even footing. In addition he also donated the hose pipes and irrigation components for the handwashing system. 

One of three handwashing systems (above and below), brainchild of local resident Jeremy Astfalck, have been installed in and around Franschhoek with high foot traffic. Jeremy was not alone in his efforts to get this up and running and received help from Build It’s Jonathan Peach (see mention above), Gable Manor and local residents, amongst others. The main objective is to create an active awareness around hand sanitizing during this time. The handwashing system installed in the village’s rose garden is dual purpose. Not only do you get to clean your hands, but the beautiful roses are treated to some water regularly. 

Amy Phillips, Nicolene Barrow and Gordon Logan (pictured below) are some of the chefs assisting chef Chris Erasmus of Foliage Restaurant with preparing meals which are delivered to indigent, child headed and disabled households in and around Franschhoek. Other local chefs offering their culinary skills in the kitchen for this cause are Margot Janse, Neil Jewel, Connor McKibben, Archie McClean, Oelof Voster and Darren Badenhorst. Foliage Restaurant operates as the hub for the food unit during this time. 
 The food unit, which has been spearhead by Franschhoek Disaster Management’s Ashley Bauer, and with the support of local residents, community leaders and volunteers from the village and within the informal settlements, was initiated under the auspices of Stellenbosch Municipality Community Development. The sole purpose of the unit is to keep residents at home, and in doing so do their bit to flatten the curve.

This is just a handful of the uplifting stories we’ve received and are grateful to Franschhoek residents for sharing these with us. We are so proud of all our heroes for doing their bit to help those in need. 
Watch this space as we share more of our good news stories with you.