Add Hope visits Mfuleni centre

2016-06-02 06:00
Liezel van der Westhuizen interacting with the children at Afrika Tikkun, Mfuleni, on Monday.

Liezel van der Westhuizen interacting with the children at Afrika Tikkun, Mfuleni, on Monday.

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It was all smiles and the sun seemed to be shining beautifully on Monday when the Afrika Tikkun centre in Mfuleni hosted it main funders.

The centre, which aims to change the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds was visited by reprsentatives from KFC, including KFM presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen.

The centre is one of 110 organisations that benefit from the KFC Add Hope project, which requests a R2 donation from each customer to feed over 100 000 children across the country every day.

The visit took place after the World Hunger Day which was on 28 May.

The day allowed for Add Hope to highlight the positive contribution customers make towards this cause.

Lindy April, CSI Trust Manager for KFC, said Add Hope is going a long way in making a positive impact in the lives of children, making it possible for them to receive four meals daily.

“No child should go hungry,” April said.

Nicole Buckley, development and marketing executive for Afrika Tikkun, said she is happy to be part of the centre that is making a change in the children’s lives.

“I wanted to help the children who are in need. It changed my life to know that I am making a good change in their lives. It is a sustainable effort.

Each child here can break the cycle of poverty in future. That has to start here. They will be contributing in the economy of this country in 20 years. We need funders like KFC to come on board, because it is costly to run this centre,” Buckley said.

The centre needs about R10 million per year.

There are 1220 young people between the ages of zero to 35 years who get support from the Cradle to Career Model project in the centre.

Afrika Tikkun started in 1994 with a vision to alleviate poverty.

They invest in the education of children, their health and social services, the youth at risk and their families through its community centres.

Children also get help with their homework, arts and culture programmes, to apply in universities and many other developmental projects.

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