The Zottegem department of Vlaams Belang distributed soup during the Tuesday market in Zottegem. People could make non-binding donations for charity, the national solidarity campaign called ‘een
heart for our people’.
“More and more Flemish people are seeing black snow due to the energy crisis. That is why we are organizing this campaign: to draw attention to the growing social problems here, the energy crisis and of course to lend a helping hand ourselves.” says Benjamin Weckx, chairman of Vlaams Belang Zottegem. “Poverty and energy poverty do not only affect the inhabitants of Zottegem. More than 600,000 Flemish people now live in poverty. That is a shameful, but also alarmingly high figure. That is why we want to put this problem back at the top of the agenda with these kinds of actions.”
“Many events can lead to poverty and it can happen to anyone. Sometimes it’s illness, sometimes it’s an accident or job loss. In addition, there are also structural causes of growing poverty, causes that lie at the root of the energy crisis, and our governments are not to blame for this. It is a good thing that the government, reluctantly and after our immense pressure, has finally reduced the VAT on energy to 6 percent. but there are still plenty of possible levers. Many millions to billions can be achieved by saving on the system. I am thinking of abolishing the Senate, the provincial governments and the intermunicipal companies, or of protecting social security for foreigners. ”
A heart for our people
“The proceeds of the actions go to Middelkind VZW – which fights child poverty, Ebergiste and MPC Sint-Franciscus – which try to help and (re)integrate people with a mental disability, Feestvarken VZW – which tries to make a happy birthday for children in poverty and finally VZW Is Broodneed, which prevents empty lunch boxes at school.”