2nd hand clothes keep food on the stove and medicine in the cupboard

Trix Willemse from Raceview is a volunteer at Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services in New Market Park with her portfolio that of Head of Donated Goods.

“This experience has certainly taught me the gift of “Paying it Forward”, says Trix. Once she receives the donation of second hand clothing, she then resells it to women such as Lungile Mkhwanazi who in turn sells it in the Johannesburg CBD.

Lungile is the sole breadwinner of her household where she supports her own three children, her sister’s children and her mother. Her 19-year old son, Siyabonga, is a member of the Johannesburg Junior Symphonic Orchestra and Lungile says it is only through her second hand clothing business that she manages to keep paying for his studies.

Funds raised by the Hospice through this are mainly used for the purchase of much-needed medicines for their patients. “Not all our patients are in a financial position to pay for services, yet we will never turn them away,” says Tersia Burger, CEO of Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services.

Hospice offers its services to anyone who has had a diagnosis of a life limiting illness that cannot be cured, irrespective of their social, cultural, spiritual, financial or religious points of view or standing.

If you do have second hand clothing that you wish to donate to Stepping Stone Hospice, kindly contact them on 087 997 0222.

 

Caption:

Lungile Mkhwanazi and Trix Willemse sorting and labelling the second hand clothing items donated to Stepping Stone Hospice & Care Services.

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