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Celebrating Cape Town’s Carers

If you’d peeked through the windows of the Common Ground Church venue in Rondebosch on Saturday, 15 September, you probably would’ve thought a grand celebration with a VIP-only invite list was in full swing – and you wouldn’t have been far from the truth! Although you probably wouldn’t have spotted the VIP’s at this event on the cover of any magazines that in no way detracts from their ‘Very Important’ status.

One hundred and sixty caregivers from six organisations across Cape Town gathered at our annual Care for the Carer event on Saturday, hosted by Common Ground Church. Every detail of the day – from the bouquets of spring flowers to the delicious sweet and savory snacks – was planned to make these men and women, who give so much of their lives to caring for Cape Town’s most vulnerable, feel spoiled and appreciated.

Entertainment included opera singer Glenville September, performances by Dance For All, and a marimba band from the Music Therapy Community Clinic, which got everyone swinging on the dance floor!

The carers also received words of heartfelt affirmation and encouragement from guest speakers Nathan Gernetsky, who serves on Common Ground Church’s Rondebosch AM leadership team, and Beverley Cortje-Alcock, who is a member of the Mayoral Committee of Cape Town.

It was a truly wonderful time where the unsung heroes of our city were reminded of just how valued and important they are to our society. Our hope is that they each walked away feeling truly loved and blessed by our community – and with bags full of goodies to continue their spoiling at home too, of course!

Thank you to all the Common Grounders who generously contributed to the great prize giveaways and the personalised goodie bags. We would also like to say a big thank you to the incredible team of 123 volunteers who helped drive, host, photograph and serve.

Organisations represented at the event were Living Hope, Little2Much, Izandla Zethemba, Christine Revell Children’s HomeWestlake United Church Trust, and Sisters Incorporated.

Visit our Facebook page here for more photos from the day! If you attended the event as a guest or as a volunteer, we would also love to hear your thoughts on the event. Post a comment below!

What did you have to say?

During the Live Under the Line Challenge, we encouraged you to share your experiences with us on our Facebook event page. We were so overwhelmed by the response that we felt we had to take a moment to summarize some of your comments on the challenge. Here’s what some of you had to say:

“What came home to me yesterday was the issue of access. When I walk into Pick ‘n Pay or the local supermarket, so much is accessible to me not because I have a lot of money but because I have money. I belong there because I have the currency for it. I wonder if people who live on less than R10 a day don’t feel as out of place in a simple grocery store as I would in The One and Only.” – Matthew Draper

“Last night our home group made some sandwiches and handed them out to those in need – homeless people that were wandering the streets. It was amazing to actually connect with some of them. Some were sad, some were angry and some were really excited. A couple of people actually asked us, before we could say anything, if we were from Common Ground! I think it’s fantastic that Common Ground is becoming a church that is passionate about Social Justice and becoming known for that, not for our own fame but because we genuinely care about others and live to glorify God!” – Cameron Froud

“Am suddenly so aware of how BIG food is in my life. I spend a lot of time thinking about what” nicety” I can make to end off the day in a delicious way! Now I cant stop thinking about how many people cant even dream about making their family something delicious to end their day. They are wondering if there will be ANYTHING to have at the end of the day.” – Charlotte Marrison

“I have been surprised at how quickly my mood can be affected by the thought of not eating something substantial. Even after breakfast, with food in my stomach, I felt like there was “not as much” to look forward to in the day because my lunch and dinner were going to be very small. If I feel that way and I know this challenge will come to an end – how much more would this affect people not even sure where their next meal is going to come from. Flip.” – Garrett Loubser

“Feeling challenged and stretched beyond the usual sandwich for the guy who rings our doorbell on a weekly basis. He always has a long story, but encouraged by Craig Stewart’s (The Warehouse) message to LISTEN to the story, I heard the not unexpected request for money – this time a train ticket for a brand new job. The first job he’s had in 4 months. He also needs a haircut, which will cost him R10.
It’s like a jolt inside me and I blurt out I’ll cut his hair (my conservative half slapping me and saying ‘what are you thinking!?’). I backtrack a bit, say he’s to return in an hour when my husband is home (thinking I’ll get Dave to tell him I just disappeared, ppooofff, into thin air and he can’t find me. Martians have kidnapped me…I’m having a bath…aaarrgghh, what have I done?!). I’ve done what God asked, when I happened to borrow my dad’s hairclippers for 1 week only and now have them burning a hole in my cupboard, waiting for Mr New Job to ring my doorbell. Sigh, I’ve been obedient!  Hang on….it’s not that hard… An hour later Mr Head Held High walks away with his R10 still in his pocket and a smile on his face. Phew, I survived that…wasn’t so hard now was it…” – Madeleine Scheppening

“Yesterday I actually dropped some macaroni on the floor (between the stove and draining it in the sink) – rushing since we were truly hungry for a change. Confession time: for the first time (in a long time) I picked it up, washed it and we ate it cheerfully. Hey, with the strict measurements of our meals I was not going to waste one bite of it. 🙂 That experience just has me newly aware of how wasteful we are with what we have been trusted with to stewart.” – Natasha Hoffman

“Day 2 at work and im finding this a lot harder than anticipated! lack of good coffee and delicious gourmet lunch from Woodstock’s Kitchen. Makes me think how car guards and beggers feel when we constantly ignore them or say no. We are such a narcissistic society. I pray that this isn’t a 3 day event for us, but rather a new lifestyle to acknowledge our neighbours, look them in the eye and understand them a bit better. lets be the change we want to see in South Africa!!” – Meg Kinnell

“I’m no stranger to poverty. I used to have to make a choice between having my dinner leftovers for breakfast or lunch after school. By grace of God, he has carried me and put me where I am today. The most important lesson that I have learned though all this exercise is gratitude. I am blessed. I made a promise to myself that no child of mine will ever have to go through what I went through.” – Thembakazi Dyani

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