Tsogo Sun supports Stop Hunger Now at the Sandton Convention Centre
For the Second year running Tsogo Sun, through their Sandton Convention Centre venue, have partnered with Stop Hunger Now to alleviate the hunger of learners in remote rural areas, as part of commemorating Nelson Mandela International Day on the 18th July.
The Sandton Convention Centre donated the vast Exhibition Hall 2 to Stop Hunger Now for the day, as an estimated 67 corporates brought along 67 employees and clients to package 6 700 meals in 67 minutes. A total of 1 144 people per shift in four shifts of 17 groups of volunteers – resulting in a participation of 4 576 people throughout the day – have packaged meals in 52 production lines of 67 volunteers per shift. One production line per shift was set aside for public participation, giving the private sector the opportunity to get involved in this significant event.
Participating from 9:00 to 10:07, a Tsogo Sun team comprising of staff from the Sandton node – the InterContinental Sandton Towers, Garden Court Sandton City, Garden Court Morningside and Sandton Convention Centre – along with head office personnel, took up the challenge to pack their share of the 6 700 meals targeted for the early morning shift.
Commenting on Sandton Convention Centre’s support of the event, Executive Director Mati Nyazema says, “It is a privilege for us to have supported an event that will reach so many people in their time of need. We salute the efforts of Stop Hunger Now and all the corporates and members of the public who came together to make this vision of feeding hungry learners a reality.”
Says Rob Collins, Chief Marketing Officer of Tsogo Sun, “It has been heartwarming to be involved in this far-reaching event, which has, at its heart, the spirit of Ubuntu to which Madiba was so committed.”
Barry Mey, Chief Executive Officer of Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa notes, “We are amazed at the hospitality, generosity and support that Tsogo Sun’s Sandton Convention Centre has shown us. It is Stop Hunger Now’s partnership with the venue that has made todays objective of 450 000 meals possible.”
Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, alongside the Department of Basic Education, will identify rural schools in the remotest regions of our country where learner hunger can be alleviated with the proceeds of Mandela Day 2013 meal packaging event, majority of these recipients are children that attend schools in the rural regions, including the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West and the North Western Cape.
Stop Hunger Now is an international initiative serving 65 countries.
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About Stop Hunger Now
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.
Stop Hunger Now created its meal packaging program, in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 25 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country.
The packaging operation is mobile enough to go wherever volunteers are located, and can be adapted to accommodate as few as 25 and as many as 500 volunteers at a time. One SHN packaging event can result in the packaging of more than 1,000,000 meals. The use of volunteers for product packaging has resulted in an extremely cost-effective operation while, at the same time, increasing awareness of global hunger and food insecurity issues across the world.
Stop Hunger Now provides over 70% of its meals to support transformational development programs such as school feeding programs, vocational training programs, early childhood development programs, orphanages, and medical clinics. Working with these programs helps enhance lives by giving beneficiaries the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education, skills development, and health care while also receiving much needed nutrition. Stop Hunger Now’s goal is to allocate 80% of its meals to transformational development programs by 2015.
Every year Stop Hunger Now reserves 10% of its projected meals to respond right away to crisis situations including natural disasters, conflict and famine. In addition to providing food for crisis relief, Stop Hunger also works to meet the immediate needs of those suffering from hunger.
Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program operations throughout the US and internationally.
About Sandton Convention Centre
Sandton Convention Centre is located in the heart of Sandton’s hotel, business and entertainment district. The centre offers easy access to more than 5 000 hotel rooms (ranging from economy to deluxe), is adjacent to some of the country’s premium shopping and entertainment complexes (Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square), which provides 10 600 secure parking bays.
Sandton Convention Centre offers unlimited potential with over 22 000m² of state-of-the-art meeting, exhibition and special event space. Purpose-built to international standards, the convention centre is able to host meetings, conferences, exhibitions and special events of virtually any size and nature. It offers some of the most advanced technology available for convention and exhibition centres anywhere in the world. Multiple events can be staged simultaneously on four main levels, and 10 000 visitors can be accommodated at any one time. A team of highly-trained staff is on hand to provide support services.
Its central position in Sandton provides easy access to Johannesburg International Airport, Gautrain rapid rail, the Sandton CBD, major hotels and shopping centres.
Sandton Convention Centre was developed and is managed by Tsogo Sun, the leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company in South Africa, providing a vast variety of hospitality and exciting entertainment and leisure experiences. Combining an established heritage with a professional and energised approach, the group proudly encompasses 14 casinos and over 90 hotels in South Africa, Africa, and Seychelles.