The festive season is around the corner and Western Cape non-profit organisation, Mustadafin Foundation is set on bringing smiles of joy to disadvantaged children and community members. The Foundation plans on making the festive season a memorable one by providing gifts to over 300 children living in deprived areas. Community members of the Cape Flats and surrounding informal settlements will also be treated to a full belly on 25 December 2015.

Mustadafin Foundation initially started as a disaster relief organisation and has since evolved to being a servant of the communities in which it operates. Every year, the non-profit embarks on a great task to alleviate communities during the festive season and this year will be no different.

The little ones from the Foundation’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres, crèches and feeding schemes come from poor, destitute and broken families. Most of them have never received a gift in their life. The non-profit is campaigning a toy run to bring seasons cheer to over 300 underprivileged children in Cape Town. The gifts will be distributed from 27 November 2015 up until 25 December 2015.

“We call on all Capetonians to be the change in these communities and help make the festive season a special one for all these children. Something I will never forget is when we gave a little boy a second-hand soft turtle toy – his first gift ever. He forgot about his food and cherished the toy the whole day. The impact of such a small gesture is immense in a child’s life,” says Ghairunisa Johnstone, Director of Mustadafin Foundation.

The Foundation is aiming to take its festive season plight to the next level this year and implement an ambitious project where 50 pots of hot food will be provided to underprivileged communities in the Cape Flats and surrounds on 25 December 2015. “Each pot of food can feed up to 250 people, which means that 12 500 residents, including children and the elderly will have a warm, full belly this festive season. We will also cook a special lunch for the Brooklyn and Tafelsig communities,” explains Johnstone.

It’s the duty of all of us to tend to our fellow citizens and make a difference where we can. “If you or your organisation are able to help, please make contact with us,” concludes Johnstone.

You too can make a difference by contributing your expertise and time or by providing funds. If every man helps his neighbour, then who will need help? If you are able to help and donate toys, please contact Mustadafin Foundation on 021-633-0010 or visit Join their Facebook page at