A group of Ballito businesses have found a great way to use their resources, land and expertise during the shutdown and beyond to help vulnerable communities affected by COVID-19. Sugar Rush Park, Living Earth Compost, Holla Trails, Collisheen Estate, Muddy Boots, and Fairview Estates have joined together to grow healthy vegetables which will be provided free of charge for the elderly and unemployed. The companies are now appealing to the public to help extend the initiative further.
Nick Leitch of Sugar Rush Park says, “Sugar Rush was born out of a dream to serve the community. Whilst being closed to the public we have assessed what opportunities there are to do this best during this challenging time, within the parameters of the shutdown. Food security is a major issue and together with our committed partner companies, we’ve found a way to make a real difference for those in our communities who need it most right now. We would love to be able to take this even further with your help.”
The construction of a non-profit community garden on 10,000m2 of land surrounding Sugar Rush park is underway and 10,000 vegetable seedlings have been secured. The first crop should be ready within a month.
While initial funding is enough to establish the 10,000m2, Leitch says land is available to expand the initiative to 40,000m2. “If you wish to join us and help grow the garden, please go to www.gogetfunding.com and donate to the Sugar Rush Park Community Vegetable Garden. All funds raised will go directly into expanding the vegetable garden so we can provide vital food for as many people as possible.”