The Star char­ity drive will warm the needy hearts

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THE Star’s Op­er­a­tion Snow­ball vol­un­teerism project con­tin­ues. In line with this year’s Man­dela Day theme, #Ac­tionA­gain­stPoverty, The Star is prepar­ing to dis­trib­ute food parcels and blan­kets to home­less shel­ters and or­phan­ages in the Joburg CBD.

Some of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­clude Malaika Or­phan­age Cen­tre, Ikhaya Lethemba, Them­balethu, Jab­u­lani Khak­i­bos Kids and Usindiso Min­istries.

Awande Dlamini, mar­ket­ing and brand of­fi­cer at The Star said they were “very ex­cited about the dis­tri­bu­tion, and the kind of im­pact it will have on our ben­e­fi­cia­ries”.

“With the help of our spon­sors; Gift of the Givers, Tiger Brands, the Nel­son Man­dela Foun­da­tion, Vo­da­com and Shivava Lounge, and con­tri­bu­tions from our em­ploy­ees, we have man­aged to raise 800 food parcels, in­clud­ing blan­kets to dis­trib­ute to tar­geted homes in the CBD.”

The Star’s Op­er­a­tion Snow­ball was es­tab­lished as a win­ter char­ity that pro­vides blan­kets to those in need. It ben­e­fits a num­ber of home-based care and or­phan­ages, as well as street kid or­gan­i­sa­tions that are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble dur­ing this time of the year.

When cold weather is ex­pe­ri­enced in Joburg, the fund kicks into high gear, hand­ing out much-needed blan­kets. – Staff Reporter

PIC­TURE: ITUME­LENG ENGLISH

CAR­ING: In­de­pen­dent Me­dia’s Paul Hopane and Pre­cious Th­wala with food parcels col­lected from var­i­ous spon­sors ahead of The Star’s Op­er­a­tion Snow­ball Man­dela Day Food Drive.

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