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24 OCTOBER – MES CAPE TOWN BIRTHDAY DINNER AND SHOW CELEBRATIONS!

Cape Town is celebrating its significant milestone tenth year of hope and empowerment. The main celebration will take place in the form of a gala benefit and show on 24 October. Elvis Blue is our special guest for the evening and long-time friend, and patron of MES, Coenie De Villiers will act as master of ceremony. Avoid disappointment and book now. Corporate tables are selling @ R10 000 (seats 10) and individual tickets are selling @ R600. All proceeds of the evening will go directly towards the extraordinary work that MES has been doing since 2008 for the homeless, the unemployed, and those in need of social support. Contact Anelle at 021 949 8736 or anelle@mes.org.za. MORE INFORMATION  

17 NOVEMBER – MES KEMPTON PARK FOOD DRIVE AND FUN DAY, HOSTED BY CAVENDISH GLEN SHOPPING CENTRE AND INTERCARE GLEN MARAIS

Cavendish Glen and Intercare Glen Marais will host a family fun day and festive food drive on 17 November, in aid of MES Kempton Park. Members of the public are invited to partake in the day by contributing non-perishable items. The day will feature special entertainment and activities for everyone. “As businesses from Cavendish Glen, we would like to give back to the community. We know MES Kempton Park is in urgent need of non-perishable items and therefore decided to make the organisation the beneficiary of our Food Drive this year,” says Ada Botes, Practice Manager at Intercare Glen Marais. To add to festive celebrations on the day, Cavendish Glen will have discount vouchers available for the various shops at the shopping centre. Other entertainment and activities for the day includes: Motorcycle display organised by the Christian Motorcyclists Association of South Africa (CMSA) Performance by Kyle Folk dancing An entertainment area for the kids – do not miss the face painting and clown! The Coco Cola Music Truck and dancers sponsored by Maxi’s The opportunity to donate blood Intercare will provide blood pressure and weight assessments (Free testing) Lancet will provide cholesterol and sugar level assessments (Free testing) Haasbroek Optometrist will be available for eye tests Kind 2 Hearing will provide hearing tests Make-up tips from Clicks READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT HERE

FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL STREET OUTREACHES – MES KEMPTON PARK

You are cordially invited to the following street outreaches, organised by MES. It gives you the opportunity to share the gospel and a cup of soup and bread with the underprivileged people living on the streets of Kempton Park. We will meet at 18:00 at our offices located at 6 Kempton Road. Parking will be available inside the premises. Help make a difference, join us on the following days: Tuesday, 5 February 2019 Tuesday, 5 March 2019 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 If you would like to donate soup or bread, please contact Duane Edwards on 011 024 4580, or email him here.

WINTER HOPE / WINTERHOOP RETURNS IN JUNE WITH A GREATER AND IMPROVED NATIONAL DRIVE

The Winter HOPE drive, which encourages everyone to collect warm winter clothes, blankets and non-perishable food items for distribution to people in need during the cold winter months, returns to cities across South Africa in June.  Last year more than 4 400 blankets and just over 2 000 beanies were collected via the Winter HOPE drive. Approximately 7 000 shopping bags with clothing items and non-perishables were gathered, and more than a 1 000 people were provided with shelter during the campaign. Winter HOPE is a partnership of giving, which has grown in reach and influence over the past 19 years. This year’s partners comprise a national footprint of organisations, which is led by MES (Johannesburg, Kempton Park, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town), PEN (Pretoria), Towers of Hope (Bloemfontein) and the Denis Hurley Centre (Durban). Visit www.winterhoop.org for more information, or click here for a copy of the media release.

MES ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW KEMPTON PARK BRANCH MANAGER

JOHANNESBURG – MES has appointed Helena van Blerk in the role of Kempton Park Brand Manager of MES with effect from 1 October 2019. This appointment follows a period of Ms Van Blerk acting in the position for two months after the end of the tenure of the previous branch manager, Duane Edwards, in August 2019. MES Board Chairman Rev. Hannes Windell welcomed the appointment. “We are sure that Helena will continue to add a lot of value in her new role, drawing from her appropriate experience during a successful career spanning 30 years,” says Windell. In her new role as MES Kempton Park Branch Manager, she will continue with her role of being the branch’s finance officer in addition to her managerial role. Helena is described as a compassionate woman of God who has a heart for people. “These qualities were evident from the time she started working at MES Kempton Park, as she automatically took it upon herself to be involved in the weekly Bible study for the food parcel clients, monthly street outreaches as well as the weekly shelter outreaches,” states Rev. Johan Krige, Acting CEO of MES. Click here to read the full media announcement.

Social Support Services

MES is a service organisation and our staff is our most important resource and asset. Contributions towards the salaries of our social workers, community health & outreach workers and teachers strengthens our capacity to change hearts in the city! Social Support Services DONATE NOW

Training & Skills Development

The high unemployment rate in South-Africa lead to many young people left roaming the streets. The skills training programme offers them additional education opportunities to increase employability. This programme consists of a variety of accredited courses, job preparation workshops and a resource centre for job seekers. Your donation will cover the expenses of one trainee for one month. Training & Skills Development DONATE NOW

Dance4aPurpose

The learners in middle school do Performing Arts activities. Dance4aPurpose performs a musical annually. Through the Dance4aPurpose programme children & youth at risk find a safe place to belong and develop their self-esteem through performing arts. Your donation will assist one learner to join the Dance4aPurpose programme for a month. Dance4aPurpose DONATE NOW

Shelter – A Safe Space

MES provides secure accommodation to the homeless and vulnerable in overnight shelters & the Safe Space in Cape Town. Your donation will offer a warm bed with locker facilities and a warm shower to an individual for a night. Shelter – A Safe Space DONATE NOW

Youth Servant Leadership

The Joshua Youth Volunteer Programme is a servant leadership programme. Annually 14 youth is offered the opportunity to enrol for a service year of 12 months. They play a key role within the learner and pre-school activities. They become mentors to the learners in the after school programmes. Your donation will cover the monthly expenses of a Joshua Volunteer (includes accommodation, 3 meals, training, transport & a stipend). Youth Servant Leadership DONATE NOW

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