The Soup Dragons are up and running again. What stopped in 2020, after a productive six years, has restarted in 2023 in a fresh iteration.
Founded in 2014, the Soup Dragons hosted a soup kitchen in Diep River, Cape Town, each and every Tuesday before the Covid pandemic halted this generous initiative.
This time, the Soup Dragons are identifying needful organisations to help each month. SunnySide Lodge – a home for the frail and aged – were the recipients in August 2023. Rescue is Life – a pet adoption service – are September’s recipients.
“We are here to feed and help those in need, in any way we can, in and around Plumstead and Diep River. Our restart saw plenty of good sponsorships and donations come in. We work with the organisations we want to help – and identify what they require specifically,” said Soup Dragons founder Jeremy McLaughlin.
SunnySide Lodge manager and matron Lorraine Howson added: “Initiatives like the Soup Dragons are most welcome. The recent arrival of adult diapers, toothpaste, creams and many, many other items of need are really appreciated.”
Meanwhile, the Soup Dragons have formalised a partnership with Cape Town Cricket Club in Plumstead. The two worked together previously informally. This time, the bond has been tightened for a stronger, altruistic approach.
“The Soup Dragons are a good thing. They do what they can for those in need. They’re exactly the type of organisation we want to partner with. We don’t want to be looking after just ourselves all the time and partnerships like this help our club members help others,” said Cape Town Cricket Club chairman Jonhenry Wilson.
The Soup Dragons meet at Cape Town Cricket Club on Victoria Road, Plumstead, at 5pm on Tuesdays. All are welcome to join. Find the Soup Dragons on Facebook for regular updates.