Supporting World Hunger Day

2019-09-18 06:01
Volunteers at one of Rise Against Hunger’s packing event.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Volunteers at one of Rise Against Hunger’s packing event.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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IN honour of World Hunger Day on October 16, global relief organisation Rise Against Hunger (RAH) is challenging corporates to use their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spending or Human Resource team build budget to assist the organisation in achieving its goal of packing 40 000 meals and shed light on the millions of South Africans facing hunger and malnutrition.

RAH, who are working in accordance with the United Nations to eradicate hunger by 2030, will be hosting a fundraising event in support of World Hunger Day at the Golden Horse Casino on October 16.

Kim Carrington, RAH’s KZN events and marketing co-ordinator, said corporates can send teams of 20, at a cost of R10 000 per team, to pack nutritional meals in a vibrant and rewarding packing event.

She explained that the organisation primarily feeds vulnerable children in deep rural, early childhood development (ECD) centres in the RAH ECD Connect Programme. She highlighted that this is an outcome-based programme where the boxes of meals are sponsored to the crèche.

“Our field officer works with the crèche owner through monitoring and evaluation. And also to become registered with the Department of Social Development,” said Carrington.

She emphasised that the programme encourages upliftment in categories such as safety and equipment, sanitation infrastructure, nutrition infrastructure, improved learning environment and teacher training.

Futhermore, Carrington said RAH encourages volunteers in the province to assist in meal-packing events that happen every second Saturday of every month.

“These events are open to the public for any age group, which is an exciting event for the entire family. September 14 was the recent meal-packing event that took place at the St Alpheges Anglican Church in Scottsville,” she said.

She added that there are generally two sessions of meal packing — from 10 am to 11.30 am, and from noon to 1 pm.

“Please visit our website to register or contact kznevents@rahafrica.org to reserve your shift. We are looking for 60 volunteers per session,” said Carrington.

Concluding, she said the community can also assist in growing the movement through sharing RAH’s posts and events in all social media platforms.

“The bigger the movement, the bigger the impact made on our future generations. I think it is also important to share meals; pack extra lunch as you may never know if it is your best friend at school going hungry,” said Carrington.

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