THEY started with two pots of soup and five loves of bread a day, 17 years down the line the Angel Network organisation is still growing strong feeding 100 plus senior citizens, and 200 plus children who are in need.
The idea of this network was started after a Bible study session, when 14 members from the community asked themselves, what is it that they learn from the Bible? Feeding the poor was the answer, and that is how Angel Network started.
They currently occupy eight rooms at the Bethelsdorp Old Age Home, using them for the feeding scheme, counseling room, clinic and administration.
Their work does not only end at the old age home, they have extended their services to the community as well, feeding underprivileged families in their homes, pupils at schools, creches around the community, street kids or whenever the need is. In times of disaster they always avail themselves, where they always give out food parcels, blankets, and clothes.
The Angel Network consists of nine permanent volunteers who run the organisation, they serve 140 senior citizens at the old age home and more than 200 children in Arcadia on a weekly basis.
The organisation also accepts donation in a form of anything such as food, furniture, clothing and all these will be given to the needy in the community.
Chairwoman of the organisation, Rosemary Rossouw, said they tackle different areas each day.
“We visit Bethelsdorp and Arcadia on Thursday and Fridays, Wednesday we visit Frans Valley and then we run our clinic on Thursdays as well, basically we do different days in different days,” said Rossouw
They also have a registered nursing sister who runs a clinic, who does blood pressure check ups regularly, glucose checks, temperature, and weight.
This helps when patients who are checked by our sister who goes to a clinic and are able to see the doctor directly, and not wait on long cues.
They appeal to the community to help them in any way they can whether they can help in finance, food parcels, cholesterol testing sticks, glucose testing sticks, lancets, urine containers, clothing and transport assistance.
The goal of the Angels is to have 300 donors, where each will donate R120 to the organisation, this money will be used to their senior citizens at the old age homes, the community at large, and the children in Arcadia, and Frans Valley.
Anyone who is able to donate they can contact Prudence Clayton at 072-1757-234 or Rosemary Rossouw at 082-337-2045