Mr PMB gives back - ‘by the can’

2017-09-20 06:01
PHOTO:suppliedMr PMB 2016, Ryan Jude Freddy.

PHOTO:suppliedMr PMB 2016, Ryan Jude Freddy.

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GROWING up in a community where families struggled has motivated Mr Pietermaritzburg 2016, Ryan Freddy, to give back to the community.

From Northdale, and a student at the UKZN PMB campus, Freddy started a campaign called “Hand in the Can” in March where he collects tin food and gives them to struggling families.

Freddy is now supporting 21 families in Northdale, Woodlands and Raisethorpe through this initiative.

“It has always been my dream to give back to the community, and now that I have the platform to do so I decided to start this drive. Since its initiation I see its growth because I recently started supporting schools as well.

“It wasn’t easy starting this drive as I am a student and don’t have my own transport to collect the food cans.

“However, this is something I would like to continue doing - assisting families all over Pietermaritzburg.

“Even though I will soon hand over the title of Mr PMB, I want to continue and work with the 2017 winner and share some ideas on how we can assist our communities.”

Freddy said he sometimes meets people who don’t trust what he is doing, but reassures them he is doing this for the community.

“I try my best to show people that I am doing this for our communities. I even take pictures at the handover so people can see this is for a good cause. This has helped so many families and some of them now depend on this drive.”

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