Shoprite Group’s employees plant a sustainable garden for Bedfordview's elderly on Mandela Day
Shoprite - Jul 22nd, 08:49
On Mandela Day, the Checkers Gauteng Division along with Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, planted a food garden for the elderly people of De Wetshof Old Age Home in Bedfordview.
The Division also provided gardening equipment, hose pipes, personal care items for the young ladies that live with their grandparent at the home, as well as food packages for communities who came out in support of the home. Staff from Medirite Pharmacies, which are conveniently located in selected Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets, was also present to conduct health checks.
Throughout July, former President Nelson Mandela’s birthday month, the Group’s 147 000 employees will be assisting at food gardens, serving with its fleet of 19 Mobile Soup Kitchens and finding practical ways of strengthening relations with organisations that benefit from its surplus food donations, explains Schoeman. Stores are also organising community cleanups in conjunction with recycling partners.
“Beyond promoting volunteerism within our ranks, we are keen to launch a movement of active citizens," explains the Group’s CSI spokesperson, Lunga Schoeman. “We are, therefore, encouraging our customers to join us in doing good by signing up to any of the initiatives listed on www.actforchange.africa.”
“For us, every day is Mandela Day as we remain true to our commitment to fight hunger, support early childhood development and act for change in our communities,” Schoeman continues.
The Group does this through many initiatives including:
• Its 84 sustainable community food gardens which support 18 000 people.
• Its support of 84 early childhood development centres across South Africa, which has resulted in 3 700 children benefiting from trained carers, better school infrastructure, and a daily meal.
• Shoprite’s Mobile Soup Kitchens that serve more than 16 000 nutritious meals every day to communities in need.
• Shoprite’s support of play pumps, which means 10 000 people have access to clean drinking water each day.
• The more than 100 organisations that benefit from surplus food donations from Shoprite and Checkers stores every week.
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