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The Boardwalk rises against hunger

Jul 23, 2018
The Boardwalk rises against hunger

For the third consecutive year, The Boardwalk called on its employees and volunteers from local businesses and government to Rise Against Hunger in commemoration of International Mandela Day.

The initiative, in collaboration with Rise Against Hunger (previously Stop Hunger Now), saw volunteers invest 67 minutes of their time on packaging lines at The Boardwalk International Convention Centre to pack meal parcels for needy children.

Amongst the volunteers were the MEC for Social Development for the Eastern Cape Dr Pumza Dyantyi and Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip.

The goal was to pack 110 000 meals at the event. This target was exceeded with a grand total of 120 00 meals packed (equivalent to 556 boxes) on the day.

Each parcel contains 216 meal bags which in turn contain six meals each. The contents are carefully planned to provide for the nutritional needs of children, including rice, soya, soup mix and a vitamin sachet containing 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

“International Mandela Day this year marks the centenary of the late former president, Nelson Mandela’s birth. In the spirit of Mandela’s immense generosity and love for children, we were honoured to host the 2018 Rise Against Hunger food packing drive on what would have been his 100th birthday.

“Alleviating hunger is something that is close to our heart and it was indeed heartening to see so many volunteers lineup to lend a hand to pack food for the needy in our community,” says Mike van Vuuren, the general Manager at The Boardwalk.

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