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Diyanet Vakfi, an outreach branch of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, together with Awqaf SA and partners set to distribute 10,000 meal packs to vulnerable families across Cape Town

This weekend, Turkey’s Diyanet Vakfi and the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (Awqaf SA) have partnered with several local and international community-based organisations, and will be distributing food and meat packs to 10,000 vulnerable families across Cape Town.

A total of 62,000 kgs of food and meat packs have been prepared distributed to various communities in Cape Town.

The Qurbani was also undertaken in Pietermaritzburg Bloemfontein, and in the Eastern Cape at Mvezo, the birthplace of former statesman, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. A breakdown of the relief packs includes 30, 000 kgs of meat in 3 kg parcels and 32, 000 kgs of 5 kg mealie meal bags, kindly donated by MealSA.

“Through our #ShareTheCare campaign, we are humbled to be able to bring some relief to communities who have faced immense hardship due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are also making every effort to reach those left vulnerable and destitute following the recent spate of protest action and looting in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng, and taxi violence in the Western Cape,” said Awqaf SA Deputy CEO Mickaeel Collier.

“On behalf of Awqaf SA, would like to thank the Turkish Diyanet Vakfi, the Muslim Judicial Council, the Turkish Consulate General in Cape Town, the Royal House of Mvezo Komkhulu, Meal SA, TURKSAY, and the Imam Development Programme for making this massive distribution drive possible.”

From left to right: Mr. Sinan Yesildag, Turkish Consul General in Cape Town, Awqaf SA’s Deputy CEO, Mickaeel Collier, and a representative from Diyanet.

Mr Sinan Yesildag, the Turkish Consul General in Cape Town, said that Turkey is proudly one of the most charitable nations in the world.

“We are humbled and honoured to be able to meet just some of the needs of those who are needy in this beautiful country of South Africa,” he said.

The President of United Ulama Council of SA, Moulana Abdul Khaliq Allie, the President of the Muslim Judicial Council, Community leaders, and members of the media joined the Cape Town distribution.

For more information, contact Mickaeel Collier on 0822164269.

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