Project Thirst second drop in Harding

2016-02-19 06:00
PHOTO: supplied The Santombe community and pupils from Mlothshwa High School receive donations.

PHOTO: supplied The Santombe community and pupils from Mlothshwa High School receive donations.

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ON Tuesday, 16 February, Shoprite’s Project Thirst distributed 31 680l of water donations in the Harding area, this brings the total water distributed as part of the project to 56 320l. The water donations were accompanied by the Shoprite Mobile Soup Kitchens which also provided a warm meal.

The Shoprite Group’s KwaZulu-Natal division delivered 24 640 litres of fresh drinking water in Highflats, a small town situated in the Ixopo district, as part of the recently launched Project Thirst on Tuesday, 9 February.

The Group’s Project Thirst aims to assist communities who continue to be affected by severe water shortages as a result of the drought in South Africa.

All Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets in KwaZulu-Natal are participating in this initiative by selling five-litre bottled water at the lowest possible price and making designated collection points available in-stores. Not only is every donation is being matched by the Group, they are also ensuring it gets transported to affected areas.

“The South African public has really rallied together to collect water for the numerous drought-stricken communities across the country, which is truly commendable,” said Neil Schreuder, Shoprite Checkers marketing director. “It is this generosity of spirit that inspired Project Thirst.”

Water donations will be distributed to drought-stricken towns in KwaZulu-Natal twice a week, specifically to community organisations supporting vulnerable people such as the elderly, women and children.

Project Thirst was initiated by the Shoprite Group’s KwaZulu-Natal division and is supported by Independent Newspapers, Unilever, Thirsti and Gift of the Givers.

The Group has in recent weeks also donated and/or transported more than 200 000 litres of water to various towns in the Free State, North West and KwaZulu-Natal. - Supplied.

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