20 June 2022: Winter Hope was launched 19 years ago aiming to encourage the public to collect winter essentials for the less fortunate during the cold winter months. The project has gained nationwide following and support from the public, businesses, churches and the media. Interview with MES Johannesburg Branch Manager, Nicodemus Setshedi, discusses this further.

 

20 June 2022: The WinterHOPE drive encourages everyone to collect warm winter clothes, blankets and non-perishable food items for distribution to people in need during the cold winter months. Our vulnerable communities suffer the most from the aftermath of COVID19 and seem to struggle even more than ever to make ends meet. Last year 1305 shelter beds were utilised, and the WinterHOPE collective received 1472 blankets and 1364 shopping bags of food for redistribution across South Africa.

 

14 June 2022: With the Cape Town storm bringing heavy rains and extreme freezing cold, homeless people remain the most affected with no hope to navigate through this extreme weather conditions. MES Cape Town’s Programme Manager, Anelle Erasmaus, speaks on Cape Talk Radio about the cold front as to how it impacts the homeless, as well as, how business and residents can get involved through the 20th Winter Hope campaign to give warmth and hope to the destitute.

 

06 June 2022: Interview with De la Harpe le Roux, MD of Towers of Hope Leadership Foundation, about the Winter Hope Campaign, which is run in conjunction with MES, PEN and His Hands organisations.  Get involved HERE.

 

23 May 2022: MES CEO, Leona Pienaar, speaks on this year`s Winter Hope project launch. She tells how corporates and individual volunteers you can get involved by donating clothes and food at more than 140 collection points across the country for homeless people.  This year’s partners comprise a national footprint of organisations, under the leadership of MES (Johannesburg, Kempton Park, Gqeberha, and Cape Town), PEN (Pretoria), Towers of Hope (Bloemfontein) and the KZN His Hands (Durban).