Wednesday | 25 March | 2020
The Solidarity Movement established an emergency fund to alleviate social distress due to the Covid-19 virus. The fund will be managed by Solidarity Helping Hand and will be supported by institutions within the Movement, including AfriForum, Solidarity, Solidarity Helping Hand and the FAK.
Helping Hand the Movement’s social institution is widely known for sustainably supporting and uplifting vulnerable groups and the organisation’s focus in the near future will be to assist communities that are affected by the impact of the coronavirus.
According to Hannes Noëth, Managing Director of Helping Hand, a social crisis follows an economic crisis and the institution expects that the need will only become bigger. Thus, the emergency fund is established so that the community can support each other during this difficult time. According to Noëth the institution is overcome with enquiries form people that require assistance.
According to Flip Buys, Chairperson of the Solidarity Movement, the power of the community will play a crucial role during this time of crisis. “The Movement’s focus has always been to be from the community for the community, and during this time it will be essential that the Movement remains connected to the community. The fund therefore has a different focus and purpose than that of the government’s Solidarity Fund. In a time, such as this, community funds are necessary because answers cannot only come from government,” Buys emphasised.
“This fund will be audited by Solidarity Helping Hand’s auditors while a special review committee will ensure that the funds are used correctly to provide the best assistance to vulnerable communities. Contributors will also receive a tax exemption certificate for their contribution,” Noëth emphasised.
Donations can be made by visiting the corona crisis webpage at www.corona.org.za/en/donation/.
* All information was correct at the time of publication.