Oper­a­tion Snow­ball brings smiles

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTER

THE Star’s Man­dela Day ini­tia­tive, af­fec­tion­ately known as Oper­a­tion Snow­ball, was again a ma­jor suc­cess, with help from our gen­er­ous part­ners and spon­sors.

Awande Dlamini, The Star’s marketing and brand of­fi­cer, said the news­pa­per re­ceived 500 food packs and blan­kets from Gift of the Givers and some food packs from Tiger Brands that were dis­trib­uted to shel­ters and or­phan­ages in the Joburg CBD.

“The homes we vis­ited were Jab­u­lani Khak­i­bos Kids, which looks af­ter boys from the ages of 12-18. We then vis­ited Malaika Or­phan­age Cen­tre, based in Hill­brow, which tends to women and chil­dren un­der very dire work­ing con­di­tions,” she said.

The Star team then vis­ited Ikhaya Lethemba, which pro­vides shel­ter for abused women and chil­dren. They ser­vice all of Gaut­eng.

“Our fi­nal dis­tri­bu­tion was at Them­balethu in Plein Street, which is an ed­u­ca­tional com­mu­nity cen­tre fo­cused on kids. It of­fers a play cen­tre for young­sters liv­ing in the city cen­tre, and ed­u­ca­tional train­ing, so that they are able to get jobs and sus­tain them­selves and their fam­i­lies,” said Dlamini.

“The Star team are happy about how well the do­na­tions were re­ceived by each NPO and their con­tri­bu­tion to 67 min­utes for Madiba.

“There is a big dis­tri­bu­tion planned for Soweto, in part­ner­ship with one of our other spon­sors, Shivava Lounge,” she said.

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