Lotus High helps feed kids

2017-11-28 06:00
Expresso TV show staff, the Rise Against Hunger team and Lotus High School learners entertained children at the crèche in Vrygrond.

Expresso TV show staff, the Rise Against Hunger team and Lotus High School learners entertained children at the crèche in Vrygrond.

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A non-profit organisation took to Lotus High School in Grassy Park for a special handover on Monday morning.

The event was aimed to reward learners who had participated in Rise against Hunger’s meal packaging project last month.

Marketing and events coordinator Amien Isaacs says the learners had packaged over 20 000 meals on the day.

“A meal packing event was held at Kenilworth Centre in October for the World Hunger action month initiative where the public got involved in packing over 40 000 meals that we distribute through our regular distribution programme. Schools were also invited. The school that packed the most meals stood a chance to win a stationery prize worth R5000 and got to donate a stationery prize to the same value to another school of their choice,” he says.

“Lotus High School won this prize hands down – they brought the biggest team and stayed the longest, contributing around 20 000.

“After the handover we did a meal distribution to RG Gen early childhood development (ECD) centre in the Vrygrond area, which is one of our many beneficiaries in the Western Cape.”

Isaacs says Lotus High’s principal, teachers and a number of learners helped and entertained the children at the centre on the day.

“The handover was also accompanied by the Expresso show team, who shot the event for the show on SABC 3. Learners enjoyed interacting with the children and said it was a life-changing experience, knowing that there were children out there that may go to sleep at night without consuming any food during the day,” he says.

“The aim of this project is to get more people involved with the organisation’s meal-packing initiative, especially high school learners.

“Rise against Hunger does such events at various businesses and conducts a second Saturday event at their warehouse every month and needs all the hands we can get in order to pack meals that get distributed to people in need all over the province.”

Isaacs says without help, the organisation can’t reach its target and people.

“Mostly children who depend on the food distributions will go hungry. Rise against Hunger can’t achieve its goals without the support of sponsors and the public who make the meals available for distribution all year long,” he says.

“We run a meal distribution programme that encourages development and not dependency, by assisting ECD teachers to get proper training and partner up with other organisations that assist with structural upgrades and backyard farming, to name a few.”

The meals packaged at events are sponsored by companies such as the Foshini Group and the Spur Foundation. The public can help pack before the Rise against Hunger team does distribution.

V For more information contact Amien Isaacs, who runs the Rise against Hunger Western Cape branch, on 079 897 4787 or wcbranch@rahafrica.org.

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