Good Samaritans come to the rescue

House of Goodhope’s Pastor Zulu, family of Shastripark, together with Cllr Maggie Johnson, during a recent visit at the centre.

There have been many kind gestures by the community of Phoenix to assist the House of Goodhope Drug Rehabilitation Centre’s Pastor Zulu.

The centre, a three bedroom house, situated on Shawbrook, currently houses over 30 drug addicts and relies solely on the generosity of the community.

Their services are focused on restoring the the lives of people who turn to them for help. They provide Christian-based holistic in-patient programme for alcohol and drugs addicts.

According to Pastor Zulu, the latter was established in response to the escalation of drug use in the Phoenix area. Recently, seeing the dire need for sponsors, Pastor Zulu made several appeals for help which yielded good results, however, more is still needed.

Local resident, Mala Sukhram and family of Shastripark, together with DA Councillor Maggie Johnson, treated the congregation to a sumptuous lunch and ice-cream.

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Cllr Johnson thanked the Sukhram family not only for their kind gesture, but for also recruiting the youth for job opportunities.

She applauded the youth from the centre for foiling a burglary, when two men jumped over the wall into a property in Shawbrook.

Another neighbour, Danny Naicker, was also very grateful to youth who came to his rescue when he was accosted by two youngsters who grabbed his cellphone and tried following him into his house.

Luckily youth from the centre spotted this and chased the boys into the neighbouring township. The centre youth will now also being working closely with the newly elected Community Policing Forum (CPF), Sector 5 chairman, Lawrence Moonsamy and Platinum Security Company.

To ensure that the centre continues running smoothly, Pastor Zulu appealed to members of the public to donate items like linen, mattresses, food items and even clothing. Those who would like to assist can contact Pastor Zulu on 079-078-3397.

Phoenix Sun

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