The dictionary defines the word family as: a group of people who are generally not blood relations but who share common attitudes, interests, or goals. Admittedly that definition was way down the large list of options, but in this instance it perfectly describes us. Yes, us. For when I put out the call asking for your generosity, you answered. We shared, on this occasion, a common attitude of recognising those less fortunate than us, the common interest of wanting to make a positive change for those people and the common goal of putting some food on their plate.
So we, as a family, put some money together and on a warm Friday morning on the 24th April, at a labour camp near the airport, we handed out bags of rice, lentils and oil to 250 workers. We also gave them a bread roll each, as well as a delicious, hot samosa.
Acting as honorary Project Manager for Care2Share (a corporate social responsibility initiative) Roshni is the heart and soul (as well as the brains) behind these handouts. Honestly, we could never do anything like this without her. On the 26th and 27th June* we’ll take the rest of the funds and, with Roshni’s help, we’ll buy warm meals consisting of chicken biryani, dates, samosa, water, yoghurt and something sweet. Over those two days, thanks to you, 643 men will be able to break their dry, hot, long Ramadan day of fasting with an Iftar meal that isn’t just sustaining, but actually delicious.
Though it’ll be hot as hell out there, I’m really looking forward to the Iftar handout. Ramadan is a complex time and the Iftar meal is usually considered a great reward to make up for the difficulties faced, and sacrifices made, during the day. Most of these guys can’t afford the luxury of a hot meal, and certainly not something as delicious as we will give them. The gift goes far beyond the food though, something that those of you who have visited and helped with a handout know from experience. The food is a great gift, yes, but it takes a back seat to the gift of humanity, kindness and compassion (a gift that rewards the giver as well as the recipient).
Thank you all for giving that gift.
* David and I will be there on Saturday, 27th June handing out the Iftar meals. The handout on Friday, 26th June will be done by Roshni’s crack-team of regular volunteers – shout out to the men and women who regularly donate their time to help the cause. Not only are they lovely, kind people donating their time to others, they’re actually a hell of a lot of fun to be around.
Hey Chryss, you can count me in for another donation. How about getting permission and purchasing one of those portable swimming pools and having that donated to one of the labour camps instead of a meal. It can then be used over and over again and is perfect for the hot heat. Or ICE CREAM if you want to keep it to food.
Dangerous Doug, I think you’ve hit on a BRILLIANT idea. No, not the swimming pool (OK, fun idea but really, let’s be honest, it wouldn’t work). I’m really loving your idea of an ice-cream handout. I mean, remember the old days when the ice-cream truck would come around your neighbourhood and you’d run inside and ask your Mum for 25 cents so you could get a soft-serve? I want to bring that unfettered, innocent joy and light to these workers. I’m on it Doug. I’m on it. Thank you friend. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx