Giving back to the community

FORMER Tongaat resident Shwetha Suredin and her family are giving back to the residents of Tongaat.

The Suredin family started the Suredin Foundation to commemorate the third anniversary of her paternal grandfather Krish Suredin, and eldest member of the family, Pooran Suredin. Both were pioneer residents of Tongaat. Krish was a teacher and principal in Tongaat.

Shwetha believes that by organising charity events in Tongaat and the surrounds, she is honouring the legacy of her grandparents and ancestors who hailed from Tongaat.

Her recent projects include a breakfast at the Haven of Rest and at Trubel Primary School, where she gave a motivational talk to the girls in commemoration of Women’s Month.

“I have been elected as the youth co-chair for Gopio International, which mean that together with the other co-chairs and leaders, we work with the youth in various communities to empower them and provide opportunities for them to grow,” Shwetha said.

The Suredin family foundation’s vision is to give back in a way to remember those we love and lost, while supporting and nurturing the community in which we were raised, she said.

“Please feel free to join my social-media platforms and get in touch with me. Let’s chat about possible ways or opportunity for me to assist or support you or local charities in any way,” she said.

“Most of the funds come from family and friends spreading the word about the drive, and people wanting to give back since it is Women’s Month.

“Another big contribution was from my cousin Hrithikshah Ramesh’s school, Danville Girls’ High School, where she raised awareness of the drive. We reached some 180 girl pupils at the school, with The Jes Foord Foundation giving an awareness talk to all the pupils.”

She said her biggest motivation is her late grandfather — Krish.

“He was a generous man with a heart of gold, always ready to help just about anyone,” she said.

Shwetha said the family is in the process of partnering with various other foundations for upcoming drives. She said the organisation has worked with The Jes Foord Foundation and the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (Gopio) International.

Shwetha encouraged unemployed women to work hard in order to accomplish their dreams.

“As women, we have all faced difficulties. It may be something you have experienced in your life that has hindered your growth, played on your self-esteem or made you feel like you’re not worthy at all.

“However these things don’t define you. Bad things don’t define us and it is time that you rise above it and be the woman that you were created to be,” Shwetha said.