Fuelling positive change on Mandela Day

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In honour of Nelson Mandela International Day on Thursday, 18 July 2019, employees from South Africa’s leading petroleum brand came together to volunteer at the Cape Town leg of FoodForward SA’s Mandela Day Food Drive, which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

As the country’s largest surplus food redistribution organisation, this Mandela Day, FoodForward SA partnered with various organisations in a national food drive which included packing events hosted at six locations across the country. Members from the public and companies were called upon to donate non-perishable foods and volunteer their time to sort and pack the donated food items for those in need.

Food and nutrition have been jointly categorised as one of the five key focus areas for global partnerships to make a strategic impact on Nelson Mandela International Day.

“It has been such a rewarding experience to be part of this great initiative by FoodForward SA as we celebrate the legacy of our late President Mandela. We were excited to partner with FoodForward SA as their work is aligned with our own social responsibility philosophy of taking care of the communities around us,” said Bulela Mkandawire, Engen Brand and Sponsorship Manager.

SUPERSPORT UNITED ALSO LENDS A HAND

To further extend their support, Engen invited SuperSport United Football Club members to lend a hand at the packing event which was divided into four 67-minute slots. As the premier soccer league team’s official sponsor, Engen and SuperSport United often join forces for good causes and community upliftment initiatives.

“We are excited to have been able to support FoodForward SA’s Mandela Day Food Drive. We all need to do our part to champion the fight against hunger with so many vulnerable communities across South Africa in need of basic-food items”, Coltrane Munyai, Supersport United FC Marketing Manager.

A POSITIVE RESULT

“We are very pleased with the outcome of today’s event and are thankful to everyone who contributed to our national food drive. It has been wonderful to work with Engen on this initiative as they share our commitment to make a positive change in South Africa”, Mr Andy Du Plessis, Managing Director, FoodForward SA.

FoodForward SA was established in 2009 and recovers quality edible surplus food from retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, farmers and growers. The organisation then distributes the surplus food responsibly to community organisations that serve vulnerable groups. The food collected in the Mandela Day Food Drive will be provided to 530 beneficiary organisations in FoodForward SA’s national distribution network.

“While Mandela Day calls on all of us to make a difference, it is our duty as a responsible corporate citizen to do right every day and continuously contribute to sustainable change; helping those in need in the communities in which we operate. We encourage everyone to do their bit and support organisations such as FoodForward SA to address widespread hunger and improve food security in our country,” concluded Mkandawire.