Durban charities to support this Christmas

SPREAD a little Christmas cheer by support local Durban charities who are looking for help in various ways. Find out more about how you can get involved.


The Association for the Aged

TAFTA, a registered non-profit organisation, dedicated to serving the needs of Durban’s elderly residents, is looking to the community to help sponsor a Christmas lunch for a pensioner.

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Gifts under the Christmas tree are nice, but what ‘makes’ Christmas is not the gifts at all, it’s getting together with family and friends and sharing a special meal together.

That’s the wonderful gift you give Tafta’s elderly residents when you pay for one or more of them to attend the annual Tafta festive lunches.

Many of the residents haven’t been part of a large family gathering in years, some have never married and others have lost beloved partners and children and grandchilden live far away overseas.

Your donation of just R95 will pay for one elderly person’s lunch. By giving R190 you can sponsor a couple. So many residents have made friends with their next door neighbours and would appreciate the opportunity to go together. You may even be able to sponsor a table of four, six or 10 with a contribution of R380, R570 or R950.

Contact 031 332 3721 or


Durban Child and Youth Care Centre

DURBAN Child and Youth Care Centre aims to send children home to their families at Christmas with food parcels.

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Why not donate items of non-perishable food to the Centre, or contact the Centre to find out if there is a need to help with donations towards school uniforms, sports kits or stationery for the new year.

To help, contact 031 201 1301 or email: [email protected]


CHOC – Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa

LEND a helping hand to CHOC this festive season by signing up as a volunteer or donating towards the running of CHOC House.

The Durban branch has a wishlist of non-perishable and perishable food items as well as toiletries on its website, so the community can help out by donating in kind to CHOC House. There is also the need for a new lounge suite for the house.

Donations of cash on a monthly basis will also help the organisation to cover running costs.

Contact [email protected]


HOLAH – House of Love and Hope

MAKE a difference in the life of a young child by getting involved with HOLAH, a charity that exists to provide assistance to vulnerable children and their families in South Africa.

The main focus area is to provide a safe, loving home for the many abandoned babies in KZN.

HOLAH in Umbilo is a place of safety for abandoned and neglected and orphaned babies from birth to two years.

Contact HOLAH to get involved by spending time with the babies at the house, especially over the festive season.

You can also help HOLAH by donating items such as Infacare 1, 2 and 3, fresh fruit and fruit juice, snacks and yoghurt as well as toiletries and medication. Donate financially on a monthly basis to help with running costs.

Visit: to see how you can help.


South African National Blood Services (SANBS)

COMMIT to becoming a blood donor this festive season and help save a life.

SANBS is in desperate need of regular blood donations, especially at this time of the year when usual school clinics are unable to be held.

You can donate blood at Musgrave Blood Donor Clinic at 29 Musgrave Road, next to the Berea Congregational Church, Pardy Gardens Road, off Musgrave Road.

Working hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Tuesday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm.


Robin Hood Foundation

PASSIONATE about bettering the lives and futures of those in need, the Robin Hood Foundation is committed to mobilising resources from businesses and individuals and putting them directly into the hands of the poor grannies, needy mums and children in surrounding impoverished and AIDS-affected communities.

Michele Solomon from The Robin Hood Foundation sharing some love with a newborn at St Mary’s hospital.

Get involved by donating towards the Foundation’s ongoing projects such as the Bless a Granny and Grandpa (R150), sponsor a Love The Babies Bag (R160) or Gogo Bag (R150), knit, crochet or donate clothes, booties or blankets, sponsor a school uniform for R500, encourage your network to support the Foundation’s campaigns, donate staple food items or donate financially.

Contact 076 612 9060 or email: [email protected]



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