Support for Project Thirst

2016-02-23 06:00
Pinetown Senior Primary school helping staff from Checkers (St.Johns Centre) to load their water donations. Photo: supplied

Pinetown Senior Primary school helping staff from Checkers (St.Johns Centre) to load their water donations. Photo: supplied

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PINETOWN Senior Primary School donated 320 bottles, a total of 1600 litres as part of Shoprite Checkers’ Project Thirst where pupils donate five litres of water last week.

Corporate publicity manager J.C. Smit said this will be matched by the supermarket chain and distributed to communities experiencing water shortages in the KZN area.

So far Project Thirst has seen Shoprite Checkers distribute 56 320 litres of water.

“The Shoprite Group is reaching out and assisting various local communities that have been left without water or hit by water shortages as a result of the persistent drought that is plaguing South Africa.

“Following an initial water donation made to the community of Aliwal North just after Christmas, the group delivered 29 920 litres of water to the town of Senekal in the Free State recently.”

An additional two trucks, carrying a total of 49 280 litres of water, were urgently dispatched to QwaQwa in January.

More trucks with water have been sent to communities in KwaZulu-Natal with 24 650 litres of fresh drinking water distributed in Ulundi on Thursday, 21 January and 45 000 litres of water was delivered to Swartruggens in the North-West on Saturday, 16 January 2016.

Shoprite’s total donation is over 200 000 litres of water, which is being distributed to various community organisations supporting vulnerable people such as the elderly, women and children in the affected areas.

In addition, the group is assisting with the transportation of water collected by South African citizens to affected areas.

“Selected Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets are selling water at cost price in areas with water shortages, whilst collection trolleys are also being made available in these stores for customers to donate water should they wish to do so.

“The Shoprite Group has a long history of reaching out to communities when impacted by disaster.

“It is committed to supporting and strengthening all the local communities in which it trades.”

- Supplied

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