SA Wonderbag’s gift to UK royalty

2018-03-22 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedKen Dunn (left) and Sarah Collins display the Wonderbag that will be given to the UK couple.

PHOTO: suppliedKen Dunn (left) and Sarah Collins display the Wonderbag that will be given to the UK couple.

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THE sun shone brightly as the inaugural group of UK philanthropic travellers from Africa’s Gift were welcomed by the SA Wonderbag team and members of various rural communities from the greater KZN region in Tongaat recently.

The traditional wonder feast celebration hosted at the Wonderbag factory in Tongaat not only marked the start of this first venture into “holidaying with a purpose” into Africa, it also saw the official handover of customised Wonderbags to be presented to Prince Harry and his bride-to-be, Meghan Markle, in the UK, as a wedding gift from the Wonderbag team and the Lesotho royal family.

During the next couple of weeks, the Africa’s Gift troupe will be trekking along the southern part of Africa where they will be making a pit stop in Lesotho to donate hundreds of Wonderbags to the deserving communities within the Malealea Valley in the Mafokeng District of Lesotho.

According to the founder of Africa’s Gift and the official guide for the trip, Ken Dunn, the donation of the Wonderbags and the many benefits they will elicit for the communities that receive them is extraordinarily rewarding.

“Since 2000, I have actively been on a quest to assist with reducing indoor air pollution for rural communities in Africa which has a devastating effect on people’s health, resulting in major respiratory diseases and even death,” Dunn said.

“It was when I first came across the Wonderbag in 2003 that I realised how important it would be to work with Sarah Collins and her team to empower impoverished communities like in Malealea Valley, through the distribution of these revolutionary bags to make a real difference in people’s lives.

“Apart from the powerful legacy that we will be leaving behind after our trip has come to an end, we will also be taking a special piece of Africa back home with us to the UK on behalf of the royal Lesotho family,” she said.

Dunn added that the customised Wonderbags will be presented to Prince Harry and Markle at their wedding in the UK in May.

Sarah Collins, founder of Wonderbag and social entrepreneur extraordinaire, explained to the visiting group at the Wonderbag factory how the relationship with Africa’s Child had developed and their hopes to continue nurturing these Wonder Travel trips going forward.

“One of the key principals that Wonderbag has built its brand on is that of individual philanthropy and encouraging people to become global citizens and look beyond their own needs,” she said.

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