Xolani Gwala joined the 702 Truck of Love to spread the love to the Ebenezer Hannah Home, an orphanage in Walkerville.
The team visited the home to drop off essential food and household products as part of the runup to the station's birthday next week.
The organisation is home to underprivileged children and elderly people, who are cared for by Mam’ Shirley Merime who opened the doors of the home in 1992. She takes care of 174 orphaned children and 54 destitute adults.
Merime’s own childhood was traumatic as she and her brother were forced to live on the streets after they were turned out of their home when she was 8-years-old. She remembers doing her homework under a street lamp and going to school without shoes.
She was later separated from her brother and moved to the Cape. Moved by her own experience, she decided to open the Ebenezer Hannah Home in Gauteng with purpose of helping to stimulate the community and alleviate the number of destitute people in Walkerville.
The home, which is a non-profit organisation, is dependent on donations from the community to feed the children and the elderly it cares for.
The truck was met with cheering and singing from the residents of the home. There was not a dry eye in the house as Merime could not stop tears from rolling down her cheeks.
I have no words, I am so grateful that the lord came through, through 702. I grew up myself as an orphan and I want these kids to know they can accomplish their goals as I did, as long as there is someone like me to help. Thank you.— Mam' Shirley Merime
See some photos of the drop off below: