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GrandWest and Golden Valley has once again joins hands with Rise Against Hunger to pack meals for hungry children in underprivileged communities on 18 July 2019. The food packing drive is part of a nationwide effort between Sun International and Rise Against Hunger to mark International Mandela Day.

Teams of volunteers will roll up their sleeves to pack food parcels at eight Sun International units, with the goal to pack 418 000 meals to feed over 59 000 pre-school children for a year. About 185 249 meals will be packed at GrandWest and Golden Valley.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Sun International has supported this worthy cause. In the past three years, Sun International has helped pack over 5-million meals at its properties with the help of volunteers from local businesses. This year’s over-all Sun International initiative will feed 75 000 children for the year.

This year, employees of Sun International and other corporates will once again work in packing lines at the eight participating Sun International units. The Table Bay team in Cape Town will join the packing lines at GrandWest.

Volunteers will pack enough meals to feed about 75 000 preschool children three times a week for the school year. The meals are highly nutritious and comprise of rice, soya, dehydrated vegetable mix and a fortification pack of 23 essential minerals and vitamins specifically formulated to combat malnutrition (complying with the UNICEF standard).

The theme for this year’s meal packing drive is “This is Possible”. Rise Against Hunger International recently launched a campaign to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on its second goal which is “Zero Hunger by the year 2030”. In South Africa millions of children go hungry every day, with hunger killing more people annually than HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis and malaria combined. In 2017, 6,8 million South Africans experienced hunger (Statistics SA: http://www.statssa.gov.za/?p=12135).

“We call on representatives from local businesses, government representatives and other likeminded stakeholders to join us for 67 minutes on Mandela Day when we will join hands to pack food parcels for the most vulnerable in our society, needy young children. School feeding programmes can help prevent hunger, increase school enrollment, reduce absenteeism and improve learning outcomes

“Mandela Day is dedicated to Nelson Mandela’s, life and work and aims to inspire people to embrace the values that he shared so that all of us can help change the world for the better. We feel privileged to be part of this meaningful Mandela Day initiative which has tremendous and far reaching impact across underprivileged communities,” says Sun International’s Group Social Economic Development Specialist, Heidi Edson.

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