MASHISHIMALE – Phalaborwa Rotary Club donated over 150 reusable face masks to children at Tumelong Drop-in Centre in Mashishimale village on September 18.
According to the club, they have identified the need for masks in the area and opted to cater for the children as some are returning to school. It was mentioned that most of the children had been using scarves, doeks, and other material as alternatives. Due to the lack of masks, some children went to school without masks.
The President-Elect, Precious Mokoena explained that the country’s recovery rate is increasing which is fantastic news, nonetheless, the safety measures and Covid-19 regulations should be adhered to, such as wearing masks, social distancing, and keeping your hands clean. “We cannot afford a second wave of the virus,” she said.
She further mentioned that it is not the first time visiting the Drop-in- center. “Many of the older children should remember us as we do a lot of projects here. We try as Phalaborwa Rotary Club to reach every needy family and drop-in center around Phalaborwa, although it’s a challenge as our club is very small, we accept and face the challenge with our positive attitude and willingness to help. Our wish is to reach out to everyone and we hope that we will make that wish a reality one day,” said Mokoena.
The president of the Club, Welcome WXK Khoza said the children were given a quick lesson on how to wear and take care of their masks. “Rotary loves you and we will keep on loving you,” said Khoza.
The Club expressed their gratitude to the leaders of the drop-in center for always allowing them to assist whenever possible. “We advised the children not to borrow each other’s masks. Wash your mask every day when you get home, keep it safe, it is yours and yours alone,” added the President-Elect.