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Mountains of meals prepared for charity

FOURWAYS - Corporates and the public got stuck in on Mandela Day, packing 450 000 meals for Stop Hunger Now at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The centre made available the vast Exhibition Hall 2 to Stop Hunger Now for the day, as an estimated 67 corporates brought along 67 employees and clients to package 6 700 meals in 67 minutes. A total of 1 144 people worked in each of the four shifts. In total, 4 576 people participated throughout the day, packaging meals in 52 production lines of 67 volunteers per shift. One production line per shift was set aside for public participation, giving the private sector the opportunity to get involved.

The aim was to alleviate the hunger of school pupils in rural areas in the Eastern Cape.

Commenting on Sandton Convention Centre’s support of the event, executive director Mati Nyazema said, “It is a privilege for us to have supported an event that will reach so many people in their time of need. We salute the efforts of Stop Hunger Now and all the corporates and members of the public who came together to make this vision of feeding hungry learners a


Rob Collins, chief marketing officer of Tsogo Sun, one of the leading participants said, “It has been heartwarming to be involved in this far-reaching event, which has, at its heart, the spirit of Ubuntu to which Madiba was so committed.”

Barry Mey, chief executive officer of Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa remarked, “We are amazed at the hospitality, generosity and support that Tsogo Sun’s Sandton Convention Centre has shown us. It is Stop Hunger Now’s partnership with the venue that has made today’s objective of 450 000 meals possible.”

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