100 000 meals for Mandela Day

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A local property management agency packed more than a 100 000 meals for the poor on Friday to celebrate the Nelson Mandela centenary.

City Property spokesperson Lize Nel said the company’s staff came together in a festive atmosphere and managed to exceed their own target by packing a whopping 100 440 meals – a thousand meals for every year of the former president and struggle icon’s centenary.

“Six hundred staff members packed nutritionally balanced meals in shifts of 67 minutes at 012Central in the CBD,” said Nel.

City Property executive Heather Prinsloo said while she knew “this is but a drop in the ocean”, she hoped the meals would make a meaningful difference in some people’s lives

“Tata Madiba said that the true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children and, as a future-looking company, we recognise the change we want to see.

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This is the second year we are doing this,” said Prinsloo.

“Already we’ve increased the number of meals from 72 000 to 100 000 and we are looking forward to meeting this challenge again in the future.”

City Property staffers were expected to hand out some packs in the Pretoria CBD as part of their Mandela Day celebrations while the rest would be distributed to the most vulnerable children via the Rise Against Hunger network.

Network CEO Saira Khan said the international hunger relief organisation depended on passionate and active volunteers and events such as these.

“With more than three million South African children suffering from hunger, these 100 000 meals will restore hope for hungry children,” said Khan.

Photo: Supplied

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