Mandela day treat for children

A City Property volunteer packs food packs in a box. Photo: Thato Mahlangu.

Hundreds of children will receive warm meals on Mandela Day after a successful meal packaging event at 012Central, in the CBD on Tuesday.

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About 72 576 meals were prepared and packed into boxes by City Property volunteers who included 450 staff members.

City Property’s spokesperson Lize Nel said 277 children will benefit for the rest of the year from these nutritious meals.

“With Mandela Day around the corner, 450 City Property staff flocked to 012Central to pack the nutritionally balanced meals. Staff were divided into three shifts, each shift packing meals for 67 minutes.”

She said the 72 576 meals will feed 277 children each receiving five meals for a week for a whole year.

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City Property partnered with world NGO Rise Against Hunger (formerly known as Stop Hunger Now) in the meal packaging challenge.

The meals will be distributed to different NGOs in Pretoria and Johannesburg, which are still to be identified by the Rise Against Hunger.

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organisation that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilising the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.

City Property’s human resources executive Heather Prinsloo said it made sense for the property company to partner with the food aid NGO.

“These meals will go to the children at these NGOs which we have asked Rise Against Hunger to identify,” she said.

Mandela month is dedicated to celebrating Madiba’s life through giving and community empowerment initiatives.

“Nelson Mandela reminded us that as a nation we need to look after the children as they are our future,” said Prinsloo.

“It was his quote ‘the true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children’, that reminded us to look after our children and it’s close to our hearts.”

“As a business, we wanted to make a significant difference in the lives of children as we see children as part of our future. We decided to partner with Rise Against Hunger on this initiative,” she said.

“It was heart-warming to see how our staff embraced the challenge. It was exciting to see how they were able to pack these meals in a short space of time. Next year we hope to do even more for the children.”

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