Al-Imdaad FoundationAL-IMDAAD FOUNDATION
27 May 2011

"The project is set to run throughout winter, as 50,000 blankets is a lot to distribute, compared to last year when the organisation distributed 35,000 blankets to areas around the country."

AIF Winter gets started As the temperatures drop throughout the country and winter becomes more evident daily, the plight of the destitute re-emerges as a key concern. The Al Imdaad Foundation (AIF) hopes to donate 50,000 blankets to needy people in the country. According to AIF spokesperson Qari Ziyaad Patel, they have identified rural areas in all nine provinces that are in dire need of assistance. "It is the time of the year when everyone feels the weather encroaching on their day. However, there are people who suffer daily, especially in this weather. We were warned by experts that winter came earlier this year and it is not like previous years." The alim urged the community to get involved in the initiative by donating a blanket. Blankets are priced at R65 each and can be donated through the website www.alimdaad.com. "We have a plan of action to deliver the blankets to the poorest of the poor. We will be working with the Muslim communities and ulema in those areas to deliver these blankets. We have been planning and liaising with them on a continuous basis," Patel said. AIF have already delivered blankets to an area near to Polokwane which was in desperate need of assistance. "We are not concentrating on areas which we have visited before, but rather areas that have not seen any form of aid being delivered." The project is set to run throughout winter, as 50,000 blankets is a lot to distribute, compared to last year when the organisation distributed 35,000 blankets to areas around the country. "We have to take care before going into these areas as the roads are quite rough and inaccessible, so we have had to call on the assistance from members of the surrounding communities," Patel said. He added that they have identified areas in the Western Cape as well which require assistance, but are awaiting confirmation from the relevant parties in the coming weeks. For more information contact the AIF on 0861 786 243 or visit www.alimaad.com. VOC (Aqeelah Bawa)
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