Now that it is the middle of winter, we are snug in our homes and warm at night, and I am sure from time to time we think of those less fortunate then ourselves. The local street people.
How can we help them? We think sparing some money for them as they come to our houses or cars is the answer, but this is not the case, as the below powerful short video from the City of Cape Town demonstrates.
But what can we do? The best is to support one of the local charities such as U-Turn www.homeless.org.za or one of the other excellent local charities listed in the attached informative article.
The HVA also is also looking at how to help in this matter, and you can contact them at http://www.harfieldvillageassociation.co.za
And lastly if you would like to donate money at any time to the homeless via an SMS you can do so at the following link: http://giveresponsibly.co.za
In addition to helping the homeless in a responsible manner, we should also look out for our fellow neighbours.
The best way to do this is make sure you know all of your direct neighbours, exchange contact details, and know when they are away so you can keep an eye out or know who to contact when an annoying alarm goes on endlessly.
The HVCID has an initiative to do the above with street captains who are responsible for spreading security information and connect neighbours. You can find more info at www.hvcid.co.za.
We also have a Hub manager – Colleen Luiz who is full time involved in making Harfield Village safer and more secure. If you are a member of the HVCID you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 081-412-6109 for all security related issues in the Village, that are not house break-ins. For House break-ins please contact your security service provider. (ADT Princeton etc.)