Almost five weeks ago, our lives changed in ways we could never have imagined. Our normal way of life came to an abrupt end as we were forced to adapt to the harsh restrictions imposed by the lockdown. 

Most of us were no longer able to work, children were unable to go to school, elderly relatives in care facilities could no longer have visitors, dogs could not be taken out for walks… It’s no wonder there were times when it felt more like a punishment than the ‘right thing to do’, for the sake of our own health and safety, and that of our loved ones and our communities. 

But, while for many of us the biggest challenge during the ‘hard lockdown’ was devising ways to keep ourselves occupied and entertained, other members of the Overstrand community did not have that privilege. Instead of moaning and groaning, they rolled up their sleeves and got on with their jobs, providing essential services without which we simply could not survive. 

The Village Heroes featured in the photo collage are but a tiny fraction of the many selfless men and women who continue to put their lives at risk in order to help others. We thank you all for keeping us safe, healthy, homed and fed!

To read each of their stories, follow this link:

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