For most, worrying about our next meal is something we never truly take into consideration, but sadly, for many South Africans this is a daily reality. Wanting to make a lasting difference this Mandela Day TrenStar joined forces with its social development partner and Feed a Child to see how many lives we could change in the Mooiplaas Informal Settlement outside Centurion; and fed approximately 3000 children and members of the local community.
Feed a Child is a Public Benefit Organisation that supports non-governmental organisations to be as effective and sustainable as possible. In doing so, they brought together many influential companies to support their initiative to feed the children and the community of Mooiplaas this Mandela Day.
TrenStar offered its support as a food sponsor but was also supported by its social development partner with a donation of R10 000 in gardening equipment after hearing that the community were looking to establish a larger food garden. TrenStar approached the Centurion Makro for gardening supplies and was generously presented with a 25% discount so that more gardening equipment could be purchased.
“As a company focussed on green and sustainable initiatives, it is important for TrenStar that our donations provide a holistic and viable opportunity to the community. We believe that the gardening equipment from Carrots and Crayons will offer the necessary kick-start towards the community’s food sustainability initiatives,” says TAP du Plessis, CEO of TrenStar.
On Friday, TrenStar staff arrived at the Mooiplaas Informal Settlement armed with bread and soup and enough gas cookers to keep the tasty soup meals piping in the chilly weather.
Our team initially split into three groups: Group One buttered fresh brown bread, buns and heated the soups. Group Two handed out the gardening equipment to those who wanted to get stuck into the food garden preparations, and Group Three were already working in the gardens planting seedlings. The equipment donation went to good work with community members using the wheel barrows, spades and rakes. A second garden which had already been established was tended and carefully watered.
Alza Rautenbach of Feed a Child says Mandela Day was all about creating a day filled with excitement and most of all a day where companies could give back to the less privileged.
Pholosho Malebatja, Marketing Assistant of the Makro Centurion marketing team, who supported the TrenStar stand and handed out soup and bread, has already pledged future support to Carrots and Crayons and TrenStar in their community initiatives. “Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for inviting us to the Mandela Day, is was a very good experience and a privilege indeed to work with your team in making a difference to the community of Mooiplaas. We are really looking forward in partnering with TrenStar on more of these events.” she said.