Holy Rosary Debutantes were able to get involved in an incredible initiative – Operation Anti-Freeze - aimed at helping over 1000 families on a monthly basis with a meal, food parcels and various other drives during the year. The winter months are particularly hard and a great deal is done to ensure the families receive a blanket for each person in the family as well as monthly food parcels.
This initiative has been running for many years, initiated and managed by Genesis Church in Kempton Park. Members of the Church work tirelessly at making sure they are able to give every one of those arriving ( sometimes up to 2000 adults and children ) - on the first Wednesday night every month – a meal and a food parcel. Various other drives are arranged throughout the year , including stationery packs for the children in January, blankets in July and Christmas packs for the children in December. Many churches do similar soup kitchens, in their communities, throughout Gauteng to ease the burden that so many families experience. They rely on donations from their congregations, and businesses in the communities to give as much as they can: Kempton Mugg & Bean donated muffins for the July Soup Kitchen – a real treat for all.
This is one of many special experiences that the Debs get involved in throughout their Debutante year - a year of growing and maturing as young women, arranging fundraising initiatives and being involved in many community outreach projects. The greatest experiences are those in which the girls can interact with their community , make a difference wherever they can and meet the extraordinary people that give so much to make a positive difference in society.