On Mandela Day this year, our non-profit DO MORE FOUNDATION, ramped up its contribution to take more meals, more passionate volunteers, and more caring than ever before, to communities in need.

By MORE, we mean: 1407 volunteers, a staggering 14 324 meals, 76 beneficiary organisations, 183 mini-projects, 57 teams and 44 RCL FOODS sites!

Madiba believed that “there can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return”, a sentiment evidently endorsed by the DO MORE FOUNDATION.

At our Westville Office, we had a total of 150 volunteers preparing more than 6000 hot and nutritious meals using RCL FOODS brands and Crown Spices and distributed them to numerous early childhood development (ECD) centres in Hammarsdale. Our volunteers also planted trees, started up food gardens, painted classrooms, helped with basic maintenance at beneficiary sites, organised mini sports days and even ‘manned’ popcorn machines for the children.

We had some of our incredible partners joining us this year including The Hardy Boys, Eversheds-Sutherland, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Chep, DUT, Crown Spices, Conversation Lab,  Barrows, Siqalo Foods’ Rama Margarine,  Globeflight and Vector Logistics, among others, all putting their hearts,  energy, and resources into the regional effort.

Warren Farrer, DO MORE FOUNDATION trustee and executive, said  “Mandela Day is an opportunity to make a tangible difference to those in need and we love the buzz it creates in our partners’ businesses for weeks before and after the event. People want to make a difference and when businesses see the value of partnering with us to DO MORE, they never look back. The impact our FOUNDATION has already made through partnerships speaks for itself. Together we really can #DoMore.”