Volunteers feed needy for Eid

Volunteers gathered at the Mustdafin Foundation in Bridgetown to cook 50 100-litre pots of akhni for the needy during Eid-ul-Adha.

Volunteers gathered in Bridgetown at the weekend to cook 50 100-litre pots of food for the needy on Eid-ul-Adha.

The akhni was prepared at the premises of the Mustadafin Foundation, a humanitarian-relief organisation. The volunteers started preparing meat and vegetables for the pots on Saturday at 10am and the cooking started close to midnight.

The food was distributed during Eid-ul Adha, on Sunday, in Wesbank, Heideveld, Hanover Park, Delft, Bridgetown, and Tafelsig, among other areas.

The event was made possible by donations from residents and businesses around the Cape, said Mustadafin’s spokeswoman, Nazley Rulumente.

“Each pot of food costs R3500,“ she said, adding that donations had included 50 bricks of fat spread, 50 1-kg tubs of garlic and ginger, 50 500-ml bottles of lemon juice, 50 2-litre containers of amasi and plain yoghurt and 50 1-kg packets of salt.

Mustadafin’s director, Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem, said: “Knowing that our communities are struggling, this is one way we can ensure at least one delicious meal is enjoyed by the less privileged with the help of the wider community.”

Shafiek Sedick, of Retreat, said he had wanted to take part in the cooking event because not everyone could afford a warm meal during Eid.

He said he had cooked 60 pots of food from his backyard for Eid over the past 11 years.

“My team is made up of friends, family, and the fishing fraternity, which is huge. Contribute whatever you can because you will never realise the barakah (blessing) in your donations until you do,” he said.

Volunteers prepare for the mass cooking event.