Church flooded with offers of help after tank is stolen

St Margarets Church in Hopkins Street in Parow had one of its JoJo tanks stolen from its grounds a fortnight ago.

A good Samaritan came to the aid of St Margaret’s Church in Parow after thieves spirited away one of its 5 000-litre JoJo tanks.

Father Nino Julius, who has been at the church since 2016, said the parish was shocked to discover one of its tanks had been stolen on Thursday June 14.

The church had paid R4 000 for the tank to be more “eco friendly” and “water wise”. The thieves emptied the tank before stealing it.

Father Julius said that following widespread media coverage, a radio station listener had offered to donate a JoJo tank to the church, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

“His kindness is a true reflection of God’s work. It just displays people’s true Christian values and morals,” he said.

“In today’s society we have lost a sense of community and we, as a parish, believe in being a church without walls. “We are aiming to become a church where people can come and just be.”

Father Chris Ahrends said in the radio interview that the church had been “flooded” with offers of help and would be sure to “pay it forward” to other needy churches.

Parow resident Hassiem Najib told Northern News on Monday June 25 that a JoJo tank was found near Parow library and, believing it to be the church’s stolen tank, he reported it to police.

“The tank is at the police station ready for collection,” he said.

Father Julius became aware of it on Monday and said that he would follow-up with the police and arrange for collection if it is their tank.