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working together around the world

A little later this morning I will leave home to travel to Birmingham, Alabama to take part in a special celebration and milestone event at Canterbury United Methodist Church. They are hosting their fourth meal packaging event. And while that is cause for celebration, an even bigger reason to celebrate is that they are achieving a wonderful distinction. More about that in tomorrow’s post.

Below are some more exciting facts taken from the latest Stop Hunger Now weekly staff update.

Did you know?

The Stop Hunger Now team DOUBLED our international meal packaging to 6.4 million  in 2014, thanks to an awesome team effort!

Check out some of the highlights…maybe you were there!

  • Hewlett-Packard engaged 5,000 employee volunteers in packaging 1.4 million meals in 10 countries!

  • Rotarians packaged 30,000 meals at the 2014 Rotary International Conference in Sydney, Australia, sponsored by Zambrero

  • More than 5,000 volunteers (including Graca Machel) packaged 848,681 meals for Mandela Day in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

  • HSBC Bank packaged more than 192,000 meals with Stop Hunger Now Philippines

  • SanDisk volunteers packaged more than 300,000 meals in our first event in Shanghai, China facilitated by Stop Hunger Now Malaysia

 Stay tuned,  we are opening two new Affiliate offices in India and Peru.  Through the establishment of Affiliate offices, Stop Hunger Now has a distinctive ability to have a sustainable impact, harnessing the collective energies of populations around the world in the fight against hunger.

 

“Meals in Memory” of Mandela

Stop Hunger Now South Africa recently took part in Mandela Day celebrations in a most special fashion, packaging over 800,000 meals for the hungry. An article reprinted from the Stop Hunger Now Newsletter gives the details of this powerful tribute.

Southern Africa Volunteers Package 800,000 “Meals in Memory” on Mandela Day

Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa hosted “Meals in Memory,” a large-scale two-city volunteer meal packaging event to celebrate the ideals of Nelson Mandela on July 18, 2014. Volunteers across South Africa and the world celebrated by taking just 67 minutes out of their day to do a good deed for their community.  Meals in Memory saw local celebrities and more than 5,000 volunteers in Johannesburg and Cape Town package 848,681 meals in 67-minute shifts.  

Graça Machel, widow of the beloved icon who inspired this day of reaching out to those less fortunate, gave the opening address at the Sandton Convention Centre. She then joined enthusiastic volunteers to package 638,826 of the day’s total meals. 

“Wherever Madiba is today, you can be sure he is smiling,” said Machel. 

Among the thousands of volunteers who pitched in were Madiba’s great-grandson Luvuyo Mandela and South African rugby star Pierre Spies, as well as Gert-Johan Coetzee, Joelle Kayembe, Benny Masekwameng, Kerry McGregor, Zuraida Jardine, Louise Carver, Chad Saaiman, Jacques Terreblanche, Bonang Matheba, Tamerin Jardine, Tshepo Mogale and Kuli Roberts.

“At Sandton alone, we packaged double the meals we did at last year’s Mandela Day event, so I cannot begin to say how proud I am of everyone who participated,: said Says CEO Barry Mey, CEO fo Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa. “There is no doubt in my mind that Madiba would be proud of our efforts to destroy child hunger in South Africa in our lifetime.”

At Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town, 162,432 meals were packaged, with another 18,727 meals tallied at the East Rand Mall; 18,144 meals at Deutsche Bank; and another 15,552 packaged with General Motors . Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, whose mission is to get nutritional meals to young children at Early Childhood Development Centres that receive no government funding, was thrilled with the results of the meal-packaging drive.

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Graca Machel gets amped to pack meals during her 67 minutes. 

Photo credit: Shaw Media

 

poverty is not natural

Today is Mandela Day, and around the world caring people are honoring the memory of Nelson Mandela with 67 minutes of service. I pray that all the service given touches the lives of those most in need and that with every minute of service given we all more deeply realize that we have the power to change our world forever.

Like slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is manmade and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. — Nelson Mandela

Imagine a world without poverty and hunger. We could make it happen in our lifetime.

Mandela Day

Today is Mandela Day, an international day in honor of Nelson Mandela. Officially recognized by the United Nations in 2009, the day is not a public holiday, but a day to honor the legacy of this great leader. It’s actually a global call to action.

South Africans honor Nelson Mandela by spending 67 minutes of service for the benefit of the greater community. They volunteer their time with the understanding that by working together we can change the world That’s true focus of the day; it’s a time for individuals to come together to transform the world.

Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. In the words of an early campaign statement:

Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes.”“We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation.

Stop Hunger Now South Africa is celebrating Mandela Day by engaging hundred of volunteers today to package thousands of meals to help feed hungry and malnourished children in South Africa. Congratulation to all who are taking part. They are demonstrating that working together we can change the world forever. They are carrying on the legacy of the great leader whose day they celebrate.