Tuesday | 07 April | 2020
Dear Members, Supporters and Friends of Solidarity
This letter is a call to you to donate “two chickens”. The time has come to help each other. Let me explain:
On 7 April 2020 the Solidarity Movement is organising a helpmekaar day – a day to help each other. The purpose is to raise funds to help people in social distress and to help school children to continue their schooling.
10 November 1917 was also such a day of helping each other. In the wake of the 1914 Rebellion, the country was hit by total poverty and distress.
The people in the Free State were particularly hard hit, and so a decision was taken by the people of Bethlehem: “We must carry this thing together and we must work together” to bring relief in a time of distress. This decision eventually gave birth to a movement, the Helpmekaar Movement, and it spread countrywide. Everyone was in need, but everyone weighed in and started to help. A farmer who was broke donated two chickens with the message: “… ik is geheel uitgeboer en dit is alles wat ik kan gee.”(I’m down and out and this is all I can give.)
Within four months more than R150 million (in today’s monetary terms) was raised by people in need for others in need.
In 2020, South Africa will be tested by one of the most immense challenges ever for this generation. No one knows how this is going to play out. There is, however, common consent that South Africa is but at the start of the crisis.
People are not receiving their salaries. Food shortages are being experienced. The elderly are in distress, and children and parents have to come up with plans to keep up with their school work.
7 April is our helpmekaar day, a day of helping each other in the midst of the corona crisis. It marks the beginning of a huge effort to be there for each other. In the times that lie ahead we will have to be there for each other.
It will be precarious for all of us. Things will be more difficult for every one of us, but that is exactly why we should be there for each other. This is a time in which we must work together and carry the burden together. It is time for us to come up with our two chickens.
Government is not going to carry us through this crisis. We will have to do that by being there for each other.
If you want to donate your “two chickens”, or more, to the Solidarity Movement’s crisis fund, please go to . We need you.
It is my humble request that you forward this message to each and every one you know. This is the one message that must go viral. Our people are in need.
We all need each other.
Chief Executive: Solidarity
* All information was correct at the time of publication.