Feeding the elderly is his goal

2016-02-23 06:00
Photo: supplied Christopher Luthuli with a donor Nina Dilbeck and her donation.

Photo: supplied Christopher Luthuli with a donor Nina Dilbeck and her donation.

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ONE grandparent at a time - this has been the philosohy of KwaNyuswa resident Christopher Luthuli as he engages in the struggle against hunger in his community.

This year Luthuli plans to live his dream by raising funds to feed the elderly in his community through his organisation, Sizabadala Feeding.

For this 33-year-old giving back to the community has always been his passion. He joined the NPO, Esibusisweni Crèche and Orphanage, when he was young in order to help Aids-affected orphans.

Luthuli said through helping children he noticed there were elderly people who were also in need, and this is what inspired him to open an NPO that targets the gogos and madalas.

“There are many organisations that feed children and we seldom consider that the older ones are also in need. Many do not have families, and their government social grant barely covers their monthly expenses and often go hungry.

“I want this to change. I want the older people to be cared for.”

Sometimes the pensioner is also responsible for caring for the entire family on the grant and this also takes a toll on their health as they cannot afford proper food.

Luthuli said if he can change just one grandparent’s life at a time and give them good nutritional food he knows his dream will be fulfilled.

“I know I cannot feed the entire community, but I will start with what I have and work my way up. One person’s destiny can definitely change the world,” said Luthuli. He asked businesses and individuals to help him achieve his goal. Cash and food hamper donations are welcome. “I would also like to encourage volunteers, who want to assist, to contact me so we can feed the hungry together. Any help that I get - be it cash or kind - will be greatly appreciated.”

To assist, contact Luthuli on 076 202 2963.

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