Woodridge College fundraiser feeds the less fortunate
WOODRIDGE FUNDRAISER FEEDS THE LESS FORTUNATE
A Woodridge fundraiser has provided much-needed sustenance to over 3500 individuals.
The support from the surrounding community was unwavering following the devastation caused by a fire at the school in 2017. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the inherent economic strain it induced on so many households, the school leadership believed that it was the perfect opportunity to reciprocate and provide food to the hungry.
“The Feed 4 Challenge was established in response to the great need we have witnessed in the surrounding community, following the outbreak of the pandemic. We are proud of our staff, students, parents, old scholars and the Board of Trustees for not only driving the initiative but donating to the cause and making it as successful as it has been,” said the College Headmaster, Derek Bradley.
The parcels are made up of a 3/4 cup of rice, 1/2 a cup of barley, 1/2 a cup of lentils, 3 tablespoons of stock powder and 2 tablespoons of soup powder as well as cooking instructions. Each parcel costs around R10 to make up and can provide a meal for 4 people.
Since the middle of May, the Feed 4 Challenge has raised just over R17 000, which is equivalent to approximately 6800 meals. The parcels are being made up by staff on campus and subsequently distributed to various groups of people who need support. So far, just over 900 packs (the equivalent of 3600 meals) has been handed out to a number of initiatives, including For The Love Of Giving, the Flower Reserve School, Flower Reserve Old Age Support Group, Club Charlo (also an old-age support group in Thornhill) as well as to the Tharros Child and Youth Care Centre. Another batch of parcels is set to be delivered to beneficiaries next week.
“I cannot begin to say how grateful I am to Woodridge for the assistance they have provided through this initiative. It came at a time when our reserves had been pretty much depleted, which made it that much more significant to us and those we were able to help. These parcels, to which we add a meat substitute and fresh vegetables, are delivered in-person to beneficiaries and often ensure meals for up to a week in households where there is little to no income under the current circumstances,” commented Ansie van der Westhuizen of For The Love Of Giving.