Cape Town – On Thursday, the City of Cape Town responded to a request to donate protective goggles and masks to hundreds of volunteers in support of the Nakhlistan Eid-ul-Fitr Feeding Scheme.
“This is an example of how the community and the City of Cape Town are able to work together to help those in need,” said the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.
“I have assisted in the annual Nakhlistan cook before, so I tip my hat to the volunteers who will be manning the pots this evening and ensuring that those less fortunate will be able to enjoy a hearty meal as part of Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations,” said Alderman Smith.
Smith handed over 300 masks and 300 pairs of goggles to the organisation in Rylands – just hours before hundreds of wood fires were set to be lit to cook food for thousands of people in need.
The annual tradition is now in its 34th year and happens at the end of the holy month of Ramadaan.
“The month of Ramadan is a period of deep reflection and spiritual renewal through prayer, charity and generosity and I would like to wish all Muslim residents Eid Mubarak as the month of Ramadan draws to a close,” said Alderman Smith.”
“I am delighted and honoured to be a part of this wonderful tradition of giving,” he added.
More than 169 pots of aknie were to be cooked on wood fires, comprising four tons of meat, 3,7 tons of rice, 3 tons of potatoes and 1,5 tons of onions.
According to the organisation’s website, Nakhlistan is a Persian word which means ‘oasis’.
The broad areas of distribution include: Atlantis, KalbasKraal, Danoon Mosque, Khayelitsha, Hanover Park, Newfields, Bonteheuwel, Manenberg, Valhalla Park, Kensington, Factreton, Garden Village, Kriefgat, Sherwood Park, Macassar, Ocean View, Vrygrond, St. Montague Village Cafda, Masiphumelela, Lavender Hill, Sea Wings, Hill View, Blackheath, Sarepta, Blue Downs, Belhar, Delft, Blikkiesdorp, Mandalay, Hout Bay, Clarkes Estate, Elsies Rivier, Victor Verster Prison, Ruyterwacht, Old Ages Homes in WC, Kewtown, Athlone, Mowbray, Uitsig, Chattsworth in Malmesbury, Bishop Lavis West, Phillipi, Heideveld, Capricorn, Crossroads, Langa, Gugulethu and Nyanga.