Porky’s People raises funds for vouchers
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 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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