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Covid: A time to be kind

A shout out to the MIWA members who are living examples of kindness during dark days.

Several times over the past year, we were reminded of the need to treat each other with tolerance. With anxiety soaring and people devastated by loss, it became clear that our most powerful tool for surviving the pandemic is also a simple one: kindness. We’re pleased and proud to say that MIWA members are living this spirit.

Garage 808 in Tygerberg is a case in point. Owners Colin and Adele were motivated to start a collection of personal hygiene products for patients after a conversation with hospital staff revealed that most people coming in for treatment ran out of toiletries after a short while – especially since Covid visiting restrictions mean that they are unlikely to receive top-ups from family and friends coming to see them. “This isn’t simply about hygiene, it’s about personal dignity,” Adele notes. With that in mind, the couple sent out a call for help, which was heeded by communities as far afield as KwaZulu-Natal and the Garden Route, and succeeded in collecting mittens, bed socks, earbuds, toilet paper, adult and baby diapers, deodorant, feminine sanitary products, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap and face cloths – a huge accomplishment.

Kudos also goes to Maria Prinsloo from John’s Service Centre in Montague. Maria noticed there were many complaints about Monte Vista doing the rounds on social media, with residents lamenting the run-down nature of the area. With pleas for the municipality to take action going ignored, the owners rallied the community to clean up Monte Vista themselves, with help from All Seasons Garden Service. “Now it’s a pleasure to walk past the area,” the owner comments. “I feel like people often complain about their issues on social media when they could use that energy to do something. We need to claim back our neighbourhoods.”

Finally, huge congratulations to David Enticott. David is not only the owner of a five-star graded workshop – Motorwise, located in Montague Gardens – he’s also a highly talented racer, who recently took place in the SunBet ZX Masters Cup at Killarney International Raceway. David beat reigning champion Graeme van Breda by 0.2 seconds. Eager to share his passion, David helps out at an advanced riding school at the Killarney International Raceway on weekends.