Glenfair Brooklyn Brothers, the newly opened fast-casual burger, wings and craft beer restaurant belonging to Fournews, engaged its local community in a donation drive to collect dry goods, toiletries and other essential items in support of Uncle Ben’s Den, a home for the elderly situated in Pretoria.
During the course of the day, an unbelievable 125 adult diaper packs, 125 packs of toilet paper and 10 kg of boerewors were donated – that on top of an entire bakkie load of toiletries and essentials, all of which was sent directly to Uncle Ben’s Den. “The response from the community on the day was truly moving,” says Dane Harley, owner of Brooklyn Brothers Glenfair. “People really opened their hearts – and their wallets – in support of Uncle Ben’s Den, reminding us that the spirit of community and generosity are an integral part of our South African culture.”
Local bearded heroes, Buffelsfontein Baard-olie, were in attendance manning a bakkie in which donated items such as adult diapers, tinned food, dry goods, toiletries and cleaning products could be collected. Dischem Glenfair came on board, showing its support for the initiative by donating a pack of adult diapers to the value of R160 for every R100 donated. As an added bonus, Brooklyn Brothers rewarded customers who made donations with an original burger or six piece of wings.
Uncle Ben’s Den was founded 25 years ago by Pastor Ben de Lange and his wife, Sharan. As a home for the elderly, it provides a safe haven to those who are no longer able to care for themselves and who have no other place to go. The home receives no funding from local government and is completely reliant on donations and the generosity of the community to cover operational costs.