Although the majority of South Africans have never directly helped a child affected by HIV/AIDS most would if they knew how.

This vast untapped reserve of goodwill will hopefully prompt South Africans to open their hearts and pockets and make a donation to the Pick ‘n Pay, Khomanani, Caring Together initiative to collect as much as possible for children affected by HIV/AIDS before November 24, 2002. All donations will then be distributed by Pick ‘n Pay by World Aids Day on December 1.

Health minister, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, made the first donation at the Sea Point Pick ‘n Pay on Thursday. Her parcel included a pair of school shoes, school shirts, stationery and a stuffed teddy bear. The minister called on South Africans to join her by donating stationery, school uniforms, tinned and non-perishable foods, toys and clothing.

“The reason I gave items of a school uniform is that many of our children – bright and capable of attending school – fail to do so because they feel ashamed that their clothing is not suitable,” Tshabalala-Msimang said.

Pick ‘n Pay will sort through the donations received and utilise its national distribution channels to deliver the donations to 10 organisations in each province.

Red Cross will become the eleventh channel in each province and will distribute the goods collected to a further network of smaller and more difficult to reach organisations.

This drive is part of government’s Khomanani, Caring Together project which among others, aims to improve the care and support of orphans and vulnerable children, decrease stigma and increase community support for these children.


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