Porky’s Peo­ple raises funds for vouch­ers

The Witness - - NEWS - SITHEMBISO DINDI

PI­ETER­MAR­ITZBURG-based NGO Porky’s Peo­ple has em­barked on a fund-rais­ing drive to help fam­i­lies who are strug­gling to make ends meet be­cause of the Covid-19 lock­down.

While gov­ern­ment is hand­ing out food parcels, they are not reach­ing all the house­holds in need.

Fo­cus­ing on Pi­eter­mar­itzburg and sur­round­ing ar­eas, Porky’s Peo­ple has cre­ated a cam­paign, us­ing crowd­fund­ing plat­form Back­aBuddy, to sup­port as many fam­i­lies as pos­si­ble with food and other essen­tial items.

The cam­paign, which was co-founded by Theresa Pien­aar and Zane Groe­newald, was launched on Sun­day and by Wed­nes­day a to­tal of R3 848 had been raised, thanks to 16 donors who in­clude Joey’s Break­down Ser­vices, Car Tow­ing PMB and ABC Tow­ing.

The do­na­tions are con­verted into dig­i­tal food vouch­ers that are re­deemable at any lo­cal Shoprite su­per­mar­ket and at least 20 fam­i­lies from the city have ben­e­fited.

“With our cam­paign, we will do our best to help as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble on a first-come, first-serve ba­sis. We hope the pub­lic will join us in rais­ing funds as we strive to over­come this global pan­demic,” said Pien­aar

Groe­newald said there is a need to look to com­mu­ni­ties and lend a help­ing hand where they can. “While we are phys­i­cally apart, we are still con­nected and have the pos­si­bil­ity to cre­ate mean­ing­ful change. Alone we can’t do much, to­gether we can change the world,” said Groe­newald.

The Back­aBuddy plat­form also wel­comes do­na­tions in the form of food parcels, if any in­di­vid­u­als or small busi­nesses would like to join their ef­forts to feed vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies dur­ing this time. Do­na­tions can be made by log­ging on to www.back­abuddy.co.za/ feed­ing-pi­eter­mar­itzburg • sithembiso.dindi@wit­ness.co.za

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