Standing at the ready, Newcastle Lions Club and volunteers were on a mission this past weekend.
As of Friday, July 12, to Sunday, July 14, Newcastle Lions Club and its volunteers were collecting food for the 2019 Food Forward SA Mandela Food Drive.
Standing at Hutten Heights Pick n Pay and Pioneer Park Pick n Pay, the team of kind-hearted volunteers were motivated and ready to interact with the community to see the initiative succeed.
The 2019 Food Forward SA Mandela Day Food Drive in partnership with Pick n Pay is one of the largest national food drives in South Africa, providing much-needed basic food items to vulnerable communities.
As a community-driven initiative, the Newcastle Lions Club stepped up to the challenge, inviting other community-based organisations to join forces.
The initiative sees shoppers purchasing and donating foods and other non-perishable goods to the cause.
These foods will then go towards various feeding schemes at different schools in Newcastle, ensuring the children who make use of the feeding schemes receive a hearty meal.
But why is it so important to support this initiative? Why should the community donate to the 2019 Food Forward SA Mandela Day Food Drive?
“One of the reasons this is so important, is because it is all going back into the community,” says Nicolette Baney of Newcastle Lions Club.
Focusing on the community, Nicolette explains there are scores of children within our beloved town who don’t get regular meals.
“People don’t always realise how many schools have feeding schemes, because of the fact that there are so many children in need,” she emphasises.
With a staggering 2667.9kg of groceries collected over the three days, the food drive was a resounding success.
“I would like to thank all our volunteers, as well as the Rotary, Round Table and Freemasons for their assistance. The Newcastle Lions would also like to thank Andre Swanepoel of Handyman for helping with transport and Hofina Eggs for donating eggs to our cause, as well as those who donated cash,” says Nicolette.
A further thanks goes out to the community for opening their hearts and helping the children so easily.
“We are overwhelmed and inspired by their kindness,” concludes Nicolete.
Well done to the Newcastle Lions Club and their volunteers for making a positive impact on the lives of children.