Olympiakos squad is working with local health clinics to distribute hot meals, in a programme funded by Noupoort Wind Farm
Young football players are pitching in to help their community get through Covid hardships in South Africa, after teaming with their local wind farm.
Youth members of Olympiakos Football Club in Noupoort, in the Northern Cape, have been providing daily cooked meals to 140 local residents – 72 of them children – who have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
The feeding project was launched in collaboration with health workers at Nonqo Simon Zono Clinic in Kwazamuxolo and Eurekaville Clinic, who identified those most in need.
Covid sufferers, patients with chronic conditions such as TB and child-headed households are provided with daily meals over a two-week period during October.
Emlyn Lukas, owner and founder of Olympiakos FC, explained how the community soup kitchen initiative took off after he approached Mainstream’s Socio-economic Development team at the nearby Noupoort Wind Farm
He said: “On the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on the livelihood of the most vulnerable, we applied to Noupoort Wind Farm for funding.
“This food programme has enabled us to play our part as a local club, and more importantly, as the youth of Noupoort, in making a lasting contribution in the fight against Covid-19, by providing food to the most vulnerable, even if it is just for 14 days.”
This food programme has enabled us to play our part as a local club, and more importantly, as the youth of Noupoort, in making a lasting contribution in the fight against Covid-19, by providing food to the most vulnerable, even if it is just for 14 days.
Founder of Olympiakos Football Club, Noupoort
While most of the programme’s beneficiaries collect their meals at the clinics, Olympiakos players are making home deliveries to those who are quarantining or are too ill to leave their house.
Their dedication to community outreach has caught the attention of the sporting chiefs at the South Africa Football Association.
David Bantu, President of SAFA in the Pixley Ka Seme District Municipality, said: “While the teams could not play during COVID, the club found a way of supporting the community, which we highly commend.
“Emlyn and his team are not only dedicated to the sport, they are dedicated to improving the community and making a difference.”
Noupoort Wind Farm
Noupoort Wind Farm achieved Commercial Operations Date (COD) on schedule and on budget, making it the first wind farm to successfully achieve operation as part of Bid Window 3, of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
All 35 turbines of this ZAR1.9 billion, 79 MW wind farm, have been commissioned and connected to the Eskom Grid and the project satisfied all of Eskom’s requirements on 11 July 2016. Noupoort Wind Farm has a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with the Department of Energy.
Mainstream Asset Management South Africa manages the Operations of the Wind Farm.
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