In the face of a global pandemic and the government’s decision to put the country on lockdown, millions of people have been negatively affected, especially the underprivileged from rural and township communities.
In light of this crisis, Ripples for Change and Childline Eastern Cape have partnered to mitigate the effects of the virus and subsequent lockdown. Since the beginning of the lockdown, both organisations have been receiving daily phone calls and messages from people in need of food.
“Community leaders have been asking us to help their communities, early childhood development teachers, and health professionals asking to help their beneficiaries or clients. As an immediate response we have distributed food donated by Rise Against Hunger and Nulaid Eggs while we are looking for more substantial support,” said RFC Director, Galit Cohen.
In response to the growing need for donations, the two organisations approached the Border-Kei Chamber of Business, which became a third partner in the drive to solicit food and cash donations for the affected communities.
BKCOB is well-known for its commitment to Corporate Social Investment, after publishing 3 issues of their CSI Hand Guide. They have called upon their members to get involved in this initiative.
“We have agreed to partner with these two well established and reputable bodies which have agreed to make their resources and experience available to this drive to make a difference. Chamber urges all members that can to donate and give freely, in either food or kind,” said Executive Director, Les Holbrook.
Each food parcel will include dry food (such as, maize meal, samp, beans, tin food, sugar, tea, etc.), basic hygiene products and fresh vegetables. They will be distributed by Ripples for Change and Childline through their existing and trusted network of Early Childhood Development centres.
RFC, Childline EC, and BKCOB appeal to food producers and manufacturers to donate dry food or offer their products at a reduced rate. Items to be collected include maize meal, bread flour, samp and soup mixes, coffee and tea, rice, pasta, tin foods, and soap.
Those who would like to make cash donations are encouraged to do so using Ripples for Change’s audited bank account. Any amount is welcome, and those who have donated will receive Section 18A certificates of donation for their contributions.
BANKING DETAILS: Account: COVID 19 – Bank: FNB
Account number: 62849101332 – Branch code: 250655
Account type: Cheque account
The organisations will also need volunteers to help pack the food parcels. If you live around East London and wish to volunteer yourself or organise your team to volunteer, please contact: [email protected] or call Galit Cohen on 082-7570136. All necessary safety measures will be taken during packing.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE ALREADY COME ON BOARD:
Anax Logistics | KFC | Hope Worldwide | Dynamic Brands | LaMont Creative Communications | Ripples for Change | Childline Eastern Cape | CONTRALESA | Jumbo | Reymar Freight | Rotary Club of Gately