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Pop-up Street store to assist homeless people with clothing

With the winter cold and rain making life more arduous for the less privileged, Pam Golding Properties is making a difference by co-ordinating a street store initiative that will offer everything from free clothing and food to yoga classes and the chance to mark the occasion at a photo booth.

Working with several committed and experienced not-for-profit organisations and sponsors, this innovative event will be held at the Claremont Civic Centre on Friday 19 August from 10.30 onwards. A smaller satellite event, offering clothing, food donated by Pick n Pay Fish Hoek, and a photo booth, will take place simultaneously in Muizenberg at the Living Grace Rehabilitation Centre.

“Working with the founders of The Street Store concept, we are encouraging the public to donate clothing in good condition to Pam Golding offices by Monday 15 August, or at the Claremont Civic Centre on the day,” explained André Verheem, Pam Golding Properties branch systems and social media coordinator. “These will be attractively styled in a pop-up store and shelter residents and others in need may select what they require.”

In collaboration with the Upcycle Project, visitors will also enjoy delicious food prepared by professional chefs, who will work magic with surplus food (not past its expiry date) donated by restaurants and food retailers.

In addition, Bootlegger Coffee Company and Ou Meul Bakery are donating 300 coffees and 300 rolls. Woodstock lifestyle brand Lokoh will offer meditation and spoken word experiences (writing that is meant to be read out loud), Yo-Yoga will offer yoga classes, and Khokela Promotions is assisting with fund-raising and marketing.

Shelters and Pam Golding Properties will be raising awareness of the events among residents, and flyers will be distributed two days before the event, said Verheem.

“We are very excited about this pop-up, made possible through collaborating with several generous, compassionate and hands-on sponsors and the Haven Night Shelter,” he said. “We encourage everyone to get involved in this worthy cause. Any donations of clothing would be very much appreciated.”

Pam Golding Properties Southern Suburbs branch managers Lindsay Beck and Samantha Nel, and South Peninsula branch manager Sandi Gildenhuys, are delighted with the initiative and will be working at the venues on the day together with agents and staff.

“This is a very worthwhile opportunity, with our sponsors, to extend a helping hand to those in need in the South Peninsula,” said Gildenhuys. “We welcome any donations of clothing and footwear (in good condition) before the event at our offices in suburbs such as Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Noordhoek, or at Living Hope in Muizenberg on the day.”

Event locations:

Claremont Civic Centre: 231 Main Road, Claremont | Living Hope, 84 Main Road, Muizenberg.

Donation drop-offs: 1st Floor Pam Golding on Main, Corner Main and Summerley Roads, Kenilworth, 021 673 4200. Or see www.pamgolding.co.za/contact-us/offices.

To find out more: André Verheem [email protected] | 021-673 4200.

Caption: Pam Golding Properties (PGP) is collaborating with partners to help the less fortunate this winter. Among those making a difference are (left to right) PGP agent Kurt Schultz, PGP administrator Debbie Priessnitz, The Haven Night Shelter CEO Hassan Khan, PGP administrator Jamie Sangster, PGP coordinator André Verheem, LOKOH’s Holly Hayes and DJ and electronic musician Django Flaherty, who is providing music for the event.