They say that the night is always darkest before the dawn. After one of South Africa’s darkest weeks never before has this statement been more true than now. But breaking through that darkness comes the promising light of dawn shining through. That light appears to be our country’s people –regular South Africans who, through their acts of kindness, restore our faith and give us hope that we will overcome this tragedy. They fuel our belief that we can and will Rebuild SA.
One such light is Gregory Henderson, chef and owner at Kitchen Workshop in Overstrand in the Western Cape. He is a friend to the tourism and hospitality industry and is always the first to put up his hand and offer help.
When Greg heard of the food shortages in Kwa-Zulu Natal, he, like many South Africans, was heartbroken. He turned that heartache into action and was driven to do something about it.
Greg reached out to the network of farmers that he sources produce from for his restaurant. And help is exactly what he got. As is synonymous with South Africans, the response was staggering. The farmers opened their hearts – and their farms – and gave in abundance.
Collectively, the farmers of Ceres donated eight tons of fresh fruit and vegetables, which is already on its way to Kwa-Zulu Natal. The food will bring some much-needed relief to the KZN communities hardest hit by the recent looting in South Africa.
To ensure that this food reaches the people with the most immediate need, Greg chose to partner with humanitarian group Gift of the Givers, who will see to it that the food is distributed properly.
South Africa is a nation known for its kind people and Greg is a testament to that. His kindness has shown that sometimes heroes don’t wear capes. Sometimes they rebuild SA.