Health officials have urged the public to rigorously continue with the preventative methods such as washing hands frequently. Picture: Supplied
Health officials have urged the public to rigorously continue with the preventative methods such as washing hands frequently. Picture: Supplied

Lansdowne store keeper makes hygiene packs available to elderly for free

By Athandile Siyo Time of article published Mar 20, 2020

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Cape Town – In an act of “loving thy neighbour”, the Mr Cheap store in Lansdowne has made hygiene packs available to the elderly for free.

“Bless this man. These things are running out in shops because everyone wants to buy them, but this man put us first,” said a happy 65-year-old Abduragmaan Davids.

Pensioners need to bring their pension cards to get a pack consisting of containing hand sanitiser, a mask, soap and liquid disinfectant.
Those who are too frail can send a family member with their card on their behalf.

Owner Abduragmaan Mohamed said he felt obligated to care for the elderly, who are among those most vulnerable to Covid-19.

“If I could do it for the whole country, I would,” he said.

Mohamed said he was surprised and overwhelmed by the number of elders pensioners who have so far come into his store.

“I started this on Wednesday, but I have had to get supplies several times a day. I didn’t expect this turnout, a few hundreds, maybe, but thousands is an honour,” he said.

He said the give-away would run until he ran out of stock.

Davids, from Kensington, nearly broke out in tears yesterday when he received his pack.

“People from all over are here, Khayelitsha, Langa, you name it, and we are so happy,” Davids said.

Cape Times

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