Caption: Mustadafin Foundation in partnership with Pick n Pay filled the bellies of 1200 street dwellers this past weekend in Cape Town’s CBD in celebration of the longest night. A hot meal of chicken, potatoes and rice was served with coffee and a warm blanket. The homeless enjoyed the festivities so much, there was even dancing involved!  

Spirits were high last Friday evening, 20 June 2014, when Mustadafin Foundation and Pick n Pay set up food and blanket distribution marques at Cape Town’s Grand Parade. Over a period of two hours, approximately 1200 hungry street dwellers were treated to a hot meal with coffee and a warm blanket through the “longest night” partnership initiative.

“Mustadafin Foundation recognises the need of those without homes in the community especially in the cold winter season and believes that all of us can make a difference in someone else’s life.  We would like to thank Pick n Pay for partnering with us yet again and making the night memorable for all those that are less fortunate,” says Ghairunisa Johnstone, Director at Mustadafin Foundation.

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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.