Charity: APD Limpopo
The month of July started with the preparation for the Nelson Mandela Day Celebrations. Mr Hlomane was co-ordinating the project and requesting information from me that helped him accomplish his tasks.
I’m almost done with my proposal! APD is looking to buy operational equipment for a training centre that was funded by National Lottery Distribution Fund. They also need funding for paving pathways and having them covered wheelchair accecssibility.
I have received applications from funding institutions like HCI Foundation, Net care, and Distell to name a few and contacted other companies like Barloworld, MTN Foundation, BMW and Sasol and I am preparing the proposals or these companies. The organization is most in need of equipment which will enable them to render their service to the beneficiaries. A draft data base of CSI has been submitted to the Director and this will be an on-going exercise and will need to be updated regularly.
Nelson Mandela Day was implemented by Vodacom Limpopo office, Stop Hunger Now SA, APD Limpopo and Department of Agriculture at Association for persons with disabilities (APD Limpopo Province)
All volunteers arrived on time and Mr Doug Bolt Co-ordinator from stop hunger now was there to set up his equipment.
He introduced himself and gave us a background on the organisation (Stop Hunger Now) played us few inserts from his laptop that gave us their vision and strategy.
After that we were asked to sign a register, and formed two teams. We were shown how to create food packages and had to pack rice, soya mince, space and lentils that could feed six people.
“In SA there are 3,3 million children that go to be bed without food in the stomach” Mr Doug Bolt Stop Hunger Now. In Limpopo 287,000 children go to bed without food”. According to Mr Doug Bolt we had a target of 10 584, the volunteers have achieved above target 10 680.
Mr Bolt, thanked all volunteers that participated and we had lunch.
To me as a volunteer I felt so great that Vodacom, Stop Hunger Now and APD decided to come together for this initiative, most of all these food parcels will benefit the disabled organisation within Limpopo, affiliated with the APD Limpopo. The impact is huge as they need food for their projects. I am truly honoured to have been a part of the Mandela Day celebrations. During my first month of volunteering I had the opportunity to visit four projects in Limpopo that are affiliated with APD, all of them are looking for food parcels so that they can be able to have something to give to their beneficiaries.
The Director of APD has requested that we organise a fundraising event for the organisation. With the assistance of a my previous employer I’m hoping to pull the event together by February 2013. They are experts in the field of events and I am planning to organise our first meeting early next week to decide on a fundraising project that can raise R700 000.