There were cheers and screams of joy at the Lerato Education Centre as the Nashua team arrived to deliver 500 ten litre buckets, filled with food necessities as well as treats, on Saturday morning. Located in Jackson’s Drift Squatter Camp, in Eikenhof, the Centre is one of the beneficiaries of Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation (NCCF) initiative to help vulnerable children, particularly in the festive season.
Nashua franchises (Kopano, Central, North East, East Rand and West Rand) came together to help deliver 3 000 ten litre buckets across Gauteng to 14 of NCCF’s 75 assisted charities. The selected charities run outreach centres and feeding schemes for indigent and orphaned children, with three of the deliveries going to informal settlements where many children live in child headed households.
The Xmas bucket project started in 2012 but due to a lack of funding was unable to run for the last two years. For children who normally rely on their daily school lunch for their main meal, the groceries in the NCCF buckets are a lifeline at this time of year and for this year they can thank Lifestyle Galaxy and Makro Woodmead for their involvement.
Bongani Mthombeni, who is a project manager at Bongani Community Development Centre, an NGO in Protea Glen, Soweto thanked the team saying “We are so greatful to Nashua, Lifestyle Galaxy and Makro for the donation worth over R60 000,00. Our organisation is not rich but because of this love and support, we feel like like the richest people in the world! Words are not really enough, thank you.”
“All of us at The Last Hope Organisation and the children from Mangolongolo Squatter Camp, say a very big thank you and may you be blessed abundantly” said Patricia Nwabueze director at The Last Hope Organisation. The Denver based organisation received 120 buckets for their little ones.
The NCCF works througout the year to support charities, as explained by Helen Fraser, Director of the Nashua Children’s Charity Foundation: “Over and above this Xmas bucket-initiative, we also support these charities with monthly groceries and treat the children to outings including trips to Sun City, the zoo and shopping. We also focus heavily on education through the provision of school uniforms, stationery, transportation, and assistance with school fees.”
“Moving towards 2019, Nashua will continue to commit wholeheartedly to the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and the homes that care for them.”