Youth football club launched soup kitchen and COVID feeding project

Thanks to the youth Olympiakos Football Club in Noupoort, who started a community soup kitchen during the COVID-19 pandemic, 140 vulnerable community members, including 72 children,  are  receiving  daily  cooked meals,  in an effort  to support  those  most  impacted by the pandemic.
The project is being funded by Noupoort Wind Farm’s socio economic development programme and is being implemented  in collaboration with  the two local clinics  in  the area. This local football club is well known in the District  and recognised for  their talented players,  but it is this  community  outreach  that has received  the attention of SAFA,  who recognises  the value  of sport amongst  the youth  in  the  rural town of Noupoort.
“While the teams could not play during COVID, the club  found a  way of supporting  the  community, which we highly commend. 
Emlyn and his team are not only dedicated  to the sport, they  are dedicated to  improving the  community and making a difference,”  said Mr Bantu,  President of  SAFA in the Pixley Ka Seme District Municipality. 
The beneficiaries of the feeding projects were assigned by the Nonqo Simon Zono Clinic in 
Kwazamuxolo and Eurekaville Clinic, to ensure that the most vulnerable receive help duringthis incredibly tough period.  
Community members currently infected with COVID-19, TB sufferers, child-headed households, and clinic patients with severe and chronic conditions are provided with daily meals for a twoweek period, during October.   
“On the backdrop of the COVID19 pandemic and its devastating impact on the livelihood of the most vulnerable, we applied to Noupoort Wind Farm for funding,” explained Emlyn Lukas, owner and founder of Olympiakos Football Club. 
The majority of the beneficiaries collect their meals at the clinics each day, however, COVID-19 patients  that are  quarantining  or those that  are too ill to  leave their homes,  are having their meals delivered to their residence. 
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