Kouga Wind Farm warms hearts for Mandela Month
Wind farm partners with Rainmakers for blanket drive
OYSTER BAY – Kouga Wind Farm and members of its Rainmakers women empowerment programme got together to warm hearts and bodies with a handmade blanket drive for Mandela Month.
The wind farm sponsored R10 000 worth of fleece material, which saw 50 women from the local Sea Vista, Kruisfontein, Umzamowethu and KwaNomzamo communities putting their talents to good use for the benefit of the terminally ill and the needy.
Each of the community groups spent an average of 10 hours making 80 adult-sized blankets. These will be donated to the Kouga branch of St Francis Hospice as part of their home-based care programme, as well as other vulnerable individuals – mainly disabled and elderly people with limited family support – identified by the Rainmakers participants.
Kouga Wind Farm’s community liaison officer Trevor Arosi said the Rainmakers had been excited and eager to take part in the project.
“In keeping with the spirit of selflessness, as espoused by the late Tata Mandela, we saw an opportunity to work with local communities to give something back to the vulnerable in our communities,” said Arosi.
The Rainmakers programme is a development initiative, which was launched by the wind farm last year. The seven-month programme has seen groups of women from the four Kouga communities undergoing specific skills development and business training, to equip them to identify and implement impactful upliftment projects in their communities.