The Hollywood Foundation, in celebration of its second birthday, has taken a meaningful step in the direction of Corporate Social Investment (CSI) by collaborating with the Siphila Ngomusa Community Development organization to shine a spotlight on homelessness. This special event, held at the Denis Hurley Centre in Durban on 31 October, aligns with World Homeless Day’s purpose, observed on 10 October, which is aimed at raising awareness about the challenges faced by the homeless community, emphasizing the importance of mental health.
Under the theme “Shining the Spotlight on Homelessness,“ the Hollywood Foundation partnered with Siphila Ngomusa, a respected community development organization in Durban, to ensure the provision of warm, healthy meals to the homeless. In a commitment to community support and CSI, the Hollywood Foundation contributed office equipment, including a laptop, printer, and other essential items, to Siphila Ngomusa. They also donated gently worn clothes to benefit those living at the Siphila Ngomusa shelter and those on the streets.
Vuyisile Ngobese, the Public Relations Officer for Hollywood Foundation, expressed their dedication to making a positive impact in communities:
“We are committed to making a positive impact in our communities, and on our second birthday, we are focusing on the issue of homelessness and mental health. Our goal is to raise awareness and address the needs of homeless individuals, spreading the Purple Spirit of Ubuntu.”
The event saw a diverse group of attendees, including homeless individuals and representatives from various organizations, including FIXWA, TB and HIV Care, among others. Notable speakers included Sibongiseni Ngcongo, founder of Qalakabusha aftercare service, who shared his inspiring journey of recovery from addiction and the positive impact of rehabilitation programs. Mrs. Nomusa Shembe from Ethekwini Municipality Safer Cities highlighted the collaborative efforts to provide shelter, food, and support to the homeless in partnership with Siphila Ngomusa.
Dr. Nomvula Shale of Siphila Ngomusa expressed her gratitude to the Hollywood Foundation, Ethekwini Municipality Safer Cities, and other participating organizations, stating,
“We are truly grateful for the support from the Hollywood Foundation, Ethekwini Municipality Safer Cities, and other organizations in our efforts to assist those in need.”
The CSI initiative concluded with warm meals and a celebratory cake, bringing a sense of hope and community to those who attended despite the pouring rain.