New field worker helping homeless

The Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District (VRCID) field workers, from left, are Allistair Scholtz, Veronica Geduld and newly appointed Tonio Gatana.

The Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District (VRCID) has appointed Tonio Gantana as a new field worker to help the homeless in the area.

He joins fellow field workers, Allistair Scholtz and Veronica Geduld. The VRCID says it served 81 900 meals to the homeless and vulnerable during the 50 days of lockdown under levels 4 and 5.

The field workers, according to VRCID’s social development manager Wilma Piek, help the homeless with immediate needs such as food, shelter, transport, health care and identity documents as part of the organisation’s long-term plan to get them off the streets permanently.

Mr Tonio said he was looking forward to his new role.

“Just this morning, when I was out in the field, we helped a homeless woman bypass the long queues to get her Covid-19 test required to book into the temporary housing structure at Paint City – all in under two hours,” he said.

“This was due to the incredible networks that the VRCID team have created, which allows you to make a difference in people’s lives. We become agents of change, and that’s what makes it all worth it.“