Volunteers with passion give back
Posted by Web master on 10 Oct 09
It was a relief to discover that even the Rhema volunteers feel the ‘end of year fatigue’ syndrome! Their usual energetic and noisy arrival on site was replaced by a quiet, ordered arrival. But this does not mean that the volunteers didn’t display their usual enthusiasm and passion to contribute to our project and the beneficiaries in Tembisa.
For this build, 11 of the volunteers sported four ‘stripes’ of honour. This means that they have volunteered on all four builds with which Rhema has partnered the charity. Congratulations to these loyal volunteers. But we must also congratulate all the three and two stripes, as well as the ‘no strippers’.
The Rhema co-ordinators managed to source 115 volunteers for this final build for 2009, which is a big boost to achieving the charity’s goal of recruiting 2000 SA volunteers this year. The total of Rhema volunteers this year has numbered 300.
The group was divided into 15 teams and 11 worked on block laying, 4 on painting. One of the teams was painting the handover house alongside Tembisa Councillor, Greg Malebo. The beneficiary, Paulina, was joined by some of her daughters, granddaughters and her great granddaughters. They were very excited at the prospect of seeing Paulina take possession of her new home.
With all the volunteers crowded into her backyard, Paulina was a little overwhelmed and quietly thanked them for their assistance.
Many thanks to Pastor Xana and Alan, as well as Michael Weldon from Rhema for their continued support and participation.