Essential workers in for a treat

From left, are Kuils River Hospital general manager Dirk Truter, Christine Bam, Claire Pitt, safety officer Charmaine Stephanus, nursing manager Cleo Clark and HR manager Antoinette Els.

Some Kuils River residents have started a “Thank You Project” by delivering care packages for essential workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The aim is to deliver 300 care packages to hospitals in the area twice a month, and a hairdressing business offered front-line staff a free hairdo on their off days.

In the packages, delivered to Netcare Kuils River on Wednesday January 20, were instant coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits and some other snacks.

A motivational letter was wrapped up with the goodies to “help essential workers get through the day,” said founder of the project Antoinette Els.

Ms Els said the death of a close friend from the virus had sparked the idea of giving back to essential workers, who put their families aside to help others during the pandemic.

“A post for donations on my Facebook page became a success and many were keen to help,” she said.

Kuils River opera singer Christine Bam said her love for the community made her support the drive.

“The thought crossed my mind to do something similar to this, and I knew that I should get in touch with Ms Els,” she said.

If you would like to donate for the next drop-off dates on Monday January 25 and, February 15 and 22. You can contact Christine Bam at 083 621 8483 or Antoinette Els at 083 287 9137.

Essential workers received a goodie bag at Kuils River Netcare Hospital on Wednesday January 20