Caption: A storm blew in on the longest night last week, but that didn’t stop Mustadafin Foundation in partnership with Pick n Pay and Things On Wheels, to feed the bellies of 1000 street dwellers in Cape Town’s CBD. A hot meal of chicken potato and rice was served with coffee and a warm blanket.  

Spirits were high despite the wind and rain last Friday evening when Mustadafin, Pick n Pay and Things on Wheels set up food and blanket distribution marques on Cape Town’s Grand Parade. Over a space of two hours, approximately 1000 hungry street dwellers were treated to a hot meal with coffee and a warm blanket through the “longest night” partnership initiative.

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The Mustadafin Foundation was established in 1986 as a result of political unrest and violence in the Crossroads Township. Crossroads, at that time was isolated and violence that erupted was due to faction fighting. It had a devastating effect on the local community, particularly women and children.

In order to support the community, a group of professionals offered their expertise, skills and resources. They provided medical care, trauma counselling, accommodation, food and clothing. This group encompassed such a wide range of people working constructively towards a common goal that it was decided to formalise the situation in the hope that this initiative could be maintained – this saw the birth of the Mustadafin Foundation.