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Every Thursday morning we go out to help the poor, the aged and HIV/Aids sufferers with food, clothing and to do the paperwork for those who are illiterate and eligible for a government pension (about US$20 a month)
This image was for a special occasion… Christmas! Each child received a chocolate, some sweets, toys and clothing, so it was very special for them. This little boy, an AIDS orphan, is looked after by his grandmother who has to survive on the above pension and our ‘handouts’ every Thursday – a loaf of bread, some meal and whatever we have managed to collect during the week.
All the proceeds from the sale of this image will go to the Redhouse Benevolent Society.


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  • abefleur
    abefleurover 6 years ago

    a beautiful and touching portrait Mugsy and a wonderful charity too – nice one :0)

  • Michael Lane
    Michael Laneover 6 years ago

    Cool shot and awesome cause. Where is this?

  • Michael Lane
    Michael Laneover 6 years ago

    Is this from the hospices in SA?

  • Mugsy
    Mugsyover 6 years ago

    Just outside Port Elizabeth, on the outskirts of a township called ‘Veeplaas’. It is one of the poorest communities in this area. It makes you realise that, no matter how little you’ve got, it’s a lot more than these people will ever have….. no running water, no electricity, living in shacks. Very sad.
    And some of them get mugged on their way back home!

  • Trevor Patterson
    Trevor Pattersonover 6 years ago

    Mugsy, thats a really touching story… I don’t have any money, but my belly is full and I have a roof over my head, so I figure I can buy at least one of these. I hope others can do more for you!

  • Mugsy
    Mugsyover 6 years ago

    No Michael, the hospices deal mainly with terminally ill patients… They too, are in dire financial straits.

  • Mugsy
    Mugsyover 6 years ago

    Thanks Catchlight….. it’s going to be a long haul, but this I promise you……… It’s really going to be appreciated!!!!!!!!!!
    And, thank you!

  • Judith Oppenheimer
    Judith Oppenhe...over 6 years ago

    great shot

  • melynda blosser
    melynda blosserover 6 years ago

    nice portrait and good facial expression, great cause to help. , well done

  • Adrian Donoghue
    Adrian Donoghueover 6 years ago

    Keep up the good work Mugsy, lovely portrait.

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