Several Sun International properties will be doing their bit to feed local communities in need through their contribution to Rise Against Hunger this Mandela Day, Sunday 18 July.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people across the world honour Nelson Mandela by donating 67 minutes of their time to do good for those less fortunate, but this year the Covid-19 pandemic has created an especially urgent need.
Despite all but two of the hospitality group’s properties being closed during level 4 restrictions, seven properties have sponsored the distribution of meals to organisations within their local communities. In total, these properties along with Sun International’s head office has sponsored R275 000 to provide 424 boxes containing 91 584 meals.
“Typically, we would assist in packaging the food items. However, in keeping with Covid-19 protocols, we will instead be distributing boxes to several early childhood development centres this year,” said Heidi Edson, Sun International’s Group Socio-Economic Development Manager.
The following organisations are beneficiaries of the food boxes:
Rise Against Hunger CEO Brian Nell said, “Despite the progress made over the last few years, 2021 will see more people facing food insecurity compared to the last 5 years. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and level 4 restrictions, Rise Against Hunger will not be able to host any meal packing events. Pre Covid, July accounted for over 40% of our annual meals packaged with corporates and staff participating in Mandela Day activities. This year, we are not able to engage in any events. However, thanks to Sun Internationals commitment and dedication to eradicate hunger, RAH will be able to pack thousands of meals at our warehouses and distribute nationally. The Board and staff at Rise Against Hunger would like to thank Sun International for their loyal support to assist us in helping those most vulnerable and destitute during this difficult time.”