Helping hands for underprivileged people

Rachel Mathabatha and Allegro Dinkwenyane welcome donations from the community.

Founder of a media company, Allegro Dinkwenyane, took it upon herself to start a non-profit organisation called Orgella Helping Hands, with the aim of helping underprivileged people in various communities.

Her passion for helping people in need started when she was young, long before she started her media company in 2011. Dinkwenyane said she has been involved in philanthropy throughout her life and was actively involved in helping those in need within her community.

Rachel Mathabatha holds donated items for the charities.

Her non-profit organisation was formalised the same year she established her company.

“Helping Hands started with a group of friends working on different projects to help people. Volunteers also joined on social media and this eventually grew into a team. We are self-funded, although we get sponsors depending on what kind of campaign we are working on. Some people come into the office to drop off food parcels and other items to donate to other charities,” explained Dinkwenyane.

The non-profit, which is based in Melville, is in a community where there are a number of charities and homeless people to help.

Learners hold up sanitary towels donated by Orgella Helping Hands. Photo: Supplied

Orgella Helping Hands junior account executive Rachel Mathabatha said their organisation also supports orphanages, shelters and people in need, including a daycare centre in Soweto. “We assist the daycare with their groceries and Christmas parties for 65 children in the Zondi area. The daycare also houses and takes care of a few children.

“In August we prepared soup and handed it out to homeless people in Melville and surrounding areas.”

She added they also engage with their clients to assist them with their drives, such as a media entrepreneur who helped donate 250 blankets to homeless people in Pretoria.

At the moment, the Orgella Helping Hand’s senior project manager is working on a drive for abandoned babies, which is still a work in progress.

 

A volunteer hands some soup to a homeless person. Photo: Supplied

“We encourage and welcome people to support us in assisting the less fortunate with what they can. For further information on our initiatives, visit Orgella Helping Hands’ social media pages and websites,” concluded Mathabatha.

Details: Orgella Helping hands 011 051 7224; [email protected]

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Naledi Mokoena
Journalist

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