Join prayer walk to make a difference

Morieda Dien of Dews of Quietness.

Dews of Quietness, a Steenberg-based non-profit organisation which works with vulnerable women, is calling on the community, leaders and other organisations to join a prayer walk, to “make a difference and pray for the women in Cape Town”, on Sunday August 9 (Women’s Day).

The walk will start at the foot of Boyes Drive and end at the parking lot in Kalk Bay.

Founder Morieda Dien said lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings had forced them to rethink how they organised their events. “We usually have our Women’s Day event in a community hall but due to lockdown, we will stick to the group limit and allow small groups to walk at a time.”

Ms Dien said there would be no charge but donations of non-perishable items, tinned food, sanitary towels, second-hand clothes or toiletries such as soap, face cloths, toothpaste and deodorant were welcome. “Donations will be distributed to those in need and any woman who needs to be placed in an emergency shelter. The walk will also be in aid of the volunteers who have been cooking since the start of lockdown,” said Ms Dien.

Dews of Quietnesswas launched in 2012, with a focus on victim empowerment; creation of a safe space for victims, awareness programmes and working with perpetrators.

In 2016 the organisation was the beneficiary of Pennies for Princesses, a fund-raising initiative run by Cape Community Newspapers, which publishes Southern Mail and its sister papers.

During lockdown the organisation has been feeding residents of Mandolin Place, a home for the aged, as well as the community of Cafda, Kavalla Dorp and Sheridan Park.

Ms Dien, a trauma counsellor, is on call for Steenberg SAPS when they are in need of a counsellor for victims of
abuse.

For more information about the prayer walk, contact Ms Dien on 081 382 5967 or 078 400
0801.