“We got involved, as part of Mr South Africa’s Men of honour challenge,” said Jaco Gerrits. On 27 October the men had rolled up their sleeves and put on shorts and went to work on the home’s garden.
The home normally grows spinach and cabbage for self-consumption, but they wish to grow other vegetables as well for consumption and retail.
“We were impressed by the home’s efforts, they are essentially doing the community a service by taking in children that are abandoned,” said Gerrits.
From 4pm the men laid 13 beds of seedlings, and were busy planting six types of vegetable seeds onto their own plots and were tending to the existing vegetables with gardening equipment they donated to the home.
“We brought carrots, beetroot and bean seeds. We would also like to thank Garden World nursery in the Westrand for their contribution to today’s lot.”
Patrick Emorhokpor, the home’s media liaison officer, thanked the men for their work. “Their work for the home means a lot as we are aiming for sustainable development.”
“They brought things that will contribute to our goals. A garden that will be used by the home for consumption and to resell is a big thing.”
Emorhokpor said although they were grateful for all the contestants had done, they had other needs they would greatly appreciate assistance with. “We have a long wish list, but the three most pressing matters we would like to attend to are sponsorship for a child, project and the annual Christmas party.”
“We also accept groceries, home furniture and professional services such as teachers.”