Operation Snowball brings smiles
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.