The tech enabled, non-profit organisation ChangeMakersHubthat connects people who want to help with causes that need the help, announced their Mandela Day initiative today. “We invite 30 businesses to donate R5,000-00 each which we will then match to buy over 15 tons of ingredients and with our volunteer teams, we will pack and distribute 67,000 meals,” says founder Michelle Korevaar.
ChangeMakersHub provides a platform to profile non-profit organisations and causes and in the last 14 weeks, in response to the need during the hunger pandemic, the Hub has provided more than 100,000 meals, 17 tons of clothing, 2,600 litres of sanitiser, over 2,400 masks and other much needed relief. This has been collected, packed by volunteers and distributed to social entrepreneurs across the Western Cape. “They are the real heroes’ on the ground,” says Korevaar.
“It’s been a massive endeavour, but every action added up to the very tangible difference that was made,” says Korevaar. “The sheer number of citizens, brands and companies that came forward to help has been unprecedented. Around R1 million worth of goods has been distributed.”
The tech-based connectors platform’s team believes that by standing together and inviting more participants to come on board, the achievements of the last 14 weeks can be done in one week. “It’s an opportunity for businesses to create social impact and catalyse their communities and staff to make a very real difference,” says Korevaar. “Eight companies that are themselves in financial stress, have already donated to us for the Mandela Day Project. Madiba said that it always seems impossible until it’s done, we have shown what can be done when we all pull together and we’re now aiming to take that inspiration and make it a further reality in this special month.”
Over 100 beneficiary feeding communities in the Western Cape from Atlantis to Dunoon to Joe Slovo to Phoenix to Brooklyn, Bonteheuwel, Mitchel’s Plein, Lavender Hill and Khayelitsha will all be gifted with soup packs to cook up for their vulnerable communities.
To donate, use the banking details below with the reference: MandelaDay2020 +Name.
An initiative of SPICE4LIFE Youth Academy NPC Registration: 2013/030242/08
BANKING DETAILS: First National Bank, Tableview Branch 203809, Account Number: 62769924707