For Willem Jantjies, David Louw and John Petersen Christmas has come early. Having fallen on hard times in recent years, the offer of a bath, shave and warm meal came as a welcome treat for the forlorn trio.
The initiative, borne from an idea by Regional Inspector Johan du Toit (fondly known as Toitjie by locals) of the Hermanus Special Task unit who spearheaded his team on a collection drive, culminated in a special handover event at their premises in Mount Pleasant on Wednesday, 30 November 2016.
As each of the gents received a new set of clothing, shoes food, blankets and toiletries, the look of joy and gratitude on their weather-beaten faces was enough to touch the hearts of all present.
Dominee Kemp of the NG Kerk Hermanus who led the gathering in prayer stated, “I have to commend the Special Task Unit for their kind gesture and helping to restore the dignity of these people.”
Also in attendance was Rudi Fraser, Chief of Traffic who said, “Toitjie, I am so proud of what you guys have done. This is not a hand out, but should rather be seen for what it really is – a hand up.”
Proudly showing off the bibles and care packs gifted to them by the Hermanus Special Task Unit and NG Kerk Hermanus are Dawid Louw (first left), Willem Jantjies (third left) and John Petersen (centre, standing).