Planting a seed of hope for women’s hospice

Planting to make a difference: Farah Sayed with her children, Kenza and Kaden Green with some of the lemon trees they have planted.

In keeping with the spirit of giving and paying it forward, a local woman and her children plant lemon trees to raise funds to help a hospice for abused and destitute women in Durban.

Westridge resident, Farah Sayed, 29, said she is passionate about women empowerment and making a difference in people’s lives. “I think the concept of lemon ties up beautifully with celebrating women, it reminds me of a women’s versatility and the cycle of life,” she said.

Sayed added that she aims to teach her children about the importance and positive outcomes of giving back to the community, even if it means doing the most simplest things.

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Talking about how it all began, Sayed said, “I originally planted the lemon seeds in January this year, to teach my children the concept of entrepreneurship, and how and where we get our food from. I figured once the lemon seeds grow into plants, we will sell them and buy goodies for the children. The thought of another toy in my house was not going to cut it so the idea of using the money to give back to charity popped up. Each lemon plant was grown from a seed and with my help my little ones tend to it daily with lots of fascination, love and care. It would be wonderful for the person purchasing the plant to have it grow into a full fruit bearing tree.”

The non-profit organisation Sayed will be donating the funds to is a women’s refuge which provides shelter to women in crisis. The organisation provides clean and comfortable accommodation for about 17 mothers and children.

The plant comes with a care guide on how to maintain it. Each plant costs R60, and all proceeds will be donated to the women’s shelter. Residents who are interested in purchasing the plants can email Farah Sayed on [email protected].



Zola Phoswa

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