Hilton College’s Lunchbox Fund donation

2016-11-30 06:00
PHOTO: Maralyn Atkins At the cheque handover (from left) Angela Salamon (Hilton College teacher), Sam Nicol, Dr Alison Misselhorn, (director of research and strategy at the Lunchbox Fund), Chizembi Sakulanda (head of school 2017) and Tim Presbury.

PHOTO: Maralyn Atkins At the cheque handover (from left) Angela Salamon (Hilton College teacher), Sam Nicol, Dr Alison Misselhorn, (director of research and strategy at the Lunchbox Fund), Chizembi Sakulanda (head of school 2017) and Tim Presbury.

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FOSTERING education through nutrition is the ethos underpinning the work of the Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organisation that provides a daily meal for orphaned and at-risk pupils.

Last week the charity received a boost for its programmes in township and rural areas when Hilton College pupil, Chizembi Sakulanda, presented Dr Alison Misselhorn, director of research and strategy at the Lunchbox Fund, with a R74 100 cheque.

Hilton College’s donation will provide 28 000 meals to children for an entire year.

The money was raised through an art auction at the Hilton Arts Festival on Saturday, 17 September.

Artworks for the event, spearheaded by Chizembi (head of school 2017), Sam Nicol and Tim Presbury, all of whom are in Grade 11 - were donated by Sharleen Boaden, Ardmore Ceramic Art, Heather Gourlay-Conynham, Jane Digby, Brent Dodd, Nicki Firth, Kathy Jacob, Sarah Kelly, Grace Kotze, Joan Martin, Lieze Meyer, Marieke Prinsloo, Vincent Reid and Sarah Richards.

Addressing staff and pupils at the school’s final assembly in the theatre, Misselhorn said poverty in South Africa had a direct effect on whether children attend school.

“One of the challenges parents have is providing food for their children, so they sometimes don’t go to school on the days that parents don’t have food to give them.

“Without food children cannot concentrate and are tired … [and] when you think that 50 percent of the country lives in poverty, you start to get an idea of the scale of the problem we have.”

Through the efforts of the Lunchbox Fund, around 16 000 children are assured of a hot meal every day.

“Having a full tummy means these children are able to concentrate on their lessons and gives their parents an incentive to send them to school,” Misselhorn said.

The food programme is especially beneficial for children in crèches and early childhood development centres.

“The stunting from malnutrition becomes fixed if it is not addressed before the age of six.”

To find out more about the Lunchbox Fund email info@the lunchbox fund.org

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