Stop Hunger Now steps up for Mandela Day campaign

2016-07-18 13:14

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Pietermaritzburg - The Pietermaritzburg chapter of the Stop Hunger Now campaign will extend its Mandela Day campaign to last all week as it aims to achieve its target of packaging 300 000 meals for children.

Being run by the Pietermaritzburg Community Chest in space provided at Liberty Midlands Mall, teams comprising centre management staff and tenant volunteers will pack meals in 67-minute shifts.

The mall appealed to businesses in the area to join them in the campaign.

Saira Khan, CEO of Stop Hunger Now SA, said: “It is not just hunger eradication, but also ensuring that the meals provided are nutritionally balanced to support growth. It gives me great pleasure to honour Nelson Mandela internationally in this manner by focusing on children, who were very close to his heart.”

This year, hosted under the theme “Follow the Sun”, the Mandela Day meal-packaging event has gone global, with volunteers in Malaysia, India, Italy, Philippines and the U.S. joining South Africa to provide meals for children, especially in the early childhood development sector.

What is now known as “Stop Hunger Now International” set out to package 10 million meals between July 13 and 19.

For more information on how to get involved, contact Ursuhla at 083 611 7733 or Angie at 033 394 1031.

Also in Pietermaritzburg, volunteers of the Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home will meet at the Caltex Bird Sanctuary service station this morning, to walk the surrounding roads between 7 am and 8.07 am to collect money for impoverished children. Runing for the third year, the intitiave gets volunteers to experience what many South African street children go through every day.

Over R5 600 was raised in 67 minutes last year, and the volunteers aim to beat that today.

Mandela Day was internationally launched in 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly, as a global movement to honour Nelson Mandela. In recognition of his birthday on July 18, the day was inspired by Mandela’s call for the next generation to take on leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices.

More than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy, Mandela Day honours his efforts to change the world for the better, by encouraging people to do small acts of kindness that have a massive impact on those less fortunate.

• arts@witness.co.za

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