200 000 packed meals for Mandela Day

2016-07-28 06:00
Photo: supplied Melville Vogel, Sibaya regional general manager, was one of the volunteers who packed meals for hungry children as part of the Follow the Sun meal packing challenge at Sibaya on International Nelson Mandela Day.

Photo: supplied Melville Vogel, Sibaya regional general manager, was one of the volunteers who packed meals for hungry children as part of the Follow the Sun meal packing challenge at Sibaya on International Nelson Mandela Day.

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ABOUT 2 000 volunteers from Sibaya Casino staff, KwaZulu-Natal businesses and local communities converged at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom to pack 942 boxes, equaling 203 472 meals, for hungry children on 18 July 2016.

In the spirit of International Nelson Mandela Day, volunteers spent 67 minutes in shifts, packing dried goods such as soya, rice, 23 vitamins and minerals and a soup mix to be delivered to hungry children around South Africa. Meals packed at Sibaya with the help of local businesses and caring volunteers will be distributed by Stop Hunger Now South Africa to KZN charities. Each meal box will feed a child one meal a day for an entire year.

The event was part of the international challenge, Follow the Sun, organised by Stop Hunger Now South Africa and Sun International, which aimed to pack 10 million meals over seven days, from 13 to 20 July, in South Africa, Philippines,Malaysia, India, Italy­, U.S. and Peru.

The other participating Sun International properties included GrandWest in Cape Town, The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth, Carnival City in Johannesburg and Sun City in the North West.

“We are heartened by the response from the community and businesses to the meal packing challenge.

“Alleviating hunger is something that is close to Sun International’s heart and we feel privileged to have been involved in this worthwhile initiative. We thank all our volunteers for being part of it and helping us to achieve our target,” says Melville Vogel, regional general manager: Sibaya­.

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