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Rise Against Hunger 2021/2022 IMPACT Report Released

It is with pleasure that we present our annual Impact Report, highlighting the impact made through Rise Against Hunger Africa in the financial year March 2021 – February 2022. 

It started with a meal again this year with Rise Against Hunger Africa as we celebrate the over 4,4 Million meals distributed to beneficiaries across South Africa. The impact reported on includes our ECD Connect program, Universities imapct and of course the ongoing Covid relief offered by the organisation.

This impact is a testament to the loyal support of our various donors and their commitment to eradicating hunger in our lifetime. 

“The past two years have been challenging with restrictions in place which prevented us from hosting meal packing events. Despite this, we have still been able to maintain our commitment to our beneficiaries…” Brian Nell, CEO 

To read or download our Impact Report, please click on the link below. 

Impact Report 2021/2022

Rise Against Hunger to pack 1 Million Meals in memory of Mandela

‘It all starts with a meal’ at Rise Against Hunger this July to commemorate Mandela Day 2022. It has been proven that when a child starts their life by receiving nutritious food during their formative years, they have an increased chance of developing both physically and mentally, which at Rise Against Hunger we believe sets their life on track for a better future.

We know that it is no coincidence that for similar reasons, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is framing it’s Mandela Day work in South Africa around its food and nutrition programme. Alongside the legacy of Nelson Mandela’s 67-minute call to action, together we can make a significant impact on hunger in South Africa this July with Rise Against Hunger’s meal packing target of 1 million meals.

“The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. The 18th of July has become a national day of volunteerism, philanthropy and donating time, goods, resources and services to a variety of beneficiaries across the country.” Brian Nell, Rise Against Hunger Africa CEO

Rise Against Hunger Africa will this year be hosting several events nationally in recognition of the life and service of Nelson Mandela. These events provide a platform for corporate volunteers to give 67 minutes of their time to pack our specially formulated, nutritious meals. These meals are then distributed to Early Childhood Development centres which Rise Against Hunger Africa supports on a daily basis as apart of our ECD Connect Programme. The ECD Connect programme is significant in that it links good nutrition with education in a child’s developmental years, making a lasting and wholistic impact in the lives of thousands of children across South Africa.

As with all our meal packing events, our 67-minute Mandela Day events are high energy and a lot of fun for all involved. Our corporate partners are encouraged to send a team of 15 staff members to participate and represent their business, for a tax deductible donation of only R12,500.00. Each team will have the opportunity to pack up over 3000 meals, which will feed 14 children at school for a full year!

Confirmed Mandela Day Venues:

13 July 2022

Bloemfontein – Windmill Casino

15 July 2022

Johannesburg – Sandton Convention Centre

Cape Town – V&A Waterfront

Pietermaritzburg – Horse Casino

18 July 2022

Durban – Reddam College

Some businesses also choose to host private events at their own offices for Mandela Month, a service Rise Against Hunger offers throughout the year, to get the maximum number of staff involved in the comfort of their own offices. This is an excellent way to run an onsite team builder and there is still availability in the majority of our regions.

To get involved don’t hesitate. Download your registration form now and contact Rise Against Hunger Africa to offer your 67 minutes this Mandela Day.

About Rise Against Hunger Africa: Rise Against Hunger Africa is a registered non-profit with full-time operations in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kwazulu Natal. RAH Africa, which was launched in South Africa in 2009, offers a social investment opportunity to provide fully balanced meals for pre-school children necessary for their holistic development. At our core we facilitate volunteer based meal packaging events and sustainable farming projects which impact our results oriented nutrition programme at ECD centres across South Africa.

KFC Add Hope commemorates World Hunger Day – with Rise Against Hunger!

Hunger is one of the timeless challenges humanity has faced throughout its history. One might have hoped that well into the 21st century, such a challenge would have been overcome, but recent events have only exacerbated the problem. And the statistics don’t lie.

Globally, around 820 million people do not have enough to eat, and hunger ratios in this country are on an upward trajectory. Estimates suggest that on average 40% of South Africans, and one in five children, go to bed hungry every night and recent market and natural events has meant that those on the cusp, and those facing food insecurity, have become even more vulnerable with this number fast rising.

“The pandemic-driven lockdowns led to tens of thousands of job losses in South Africa alone,” says Andra Nel, Brand Purpose Manager at KFC. “When coupled with the overwhelming unemployment statistics we already faced and rising inflation which has led to a shortage and an increase in the price of many staple foods – hunger has become a massive challenge. And although the struggle against hunger is not a new one, it is clear that with the country’s economic climate worsening, jobs being lost and livelihoods threatened, action must be taken to help those in need.”

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Media Release: Comrades Marathon Race4Charity gathering pace

More than R360-thousand has been raised for charity by generous Comrades Marathon runners during the past week’s entry process with an estimated R4-million in total fundraising expected in the build-up to Comrades race day on Sunday, 28 August 2022.

Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) Charities Convenor, Pat Freeman says, “Through the Amabeadibeadi Charity Drive, the CMA is ensuring that we give back to our needy communities and contribute towards fundraising for the CMA’s six official charities.”

The officially recognised Amabeadibeadi charities are the Durban & Pietermaritzburg Community Chests, Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC), Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust, Hospice Association of KwaZulu-Natal, Rise Against Hunger and WildTrust.

Since 1996, more than R62-million has been fundraised for charity by Comrades Marathon runners via Amabeadibeadi. Part of this charity drive is the Race4Charity campaign which is intended to foster wider support for charitable fundraising.

Race4Charity offers runners an opportunity to turn their running efforts into something great for charity, and the CMA is hoping to build on the foundation they have laid over the past decade.

An exciting facet to this campaign is that runners have the opportunity to improve their seeding batch, while raising funds for a good cause. The CMA has reserved 500 entries for runners, who need to raise R6,000 each.

This will ensure that they get to start in the C batch near the front of the field on race day. All Race4Charity runners will also be on the receiving end of an exclusive goodie bag which they can collect during registration from their chosen charity.

Signing up to Race4Charity is easy. Runners need to enter the 2022 Comrades Marathon by the closing date of entries but will have until 15 July 2022 to sign up and raise funds. Please note that normal race rules still apply for entries and there are no refunds, should a runner fail to qualify or raise the minimum amount.

Freeman adds, “Over the years, our runners, supporters, sponsors as well as the public at large have very generously supported the CMA’s charitable initiatives. We therefore call on you to showcase the goodwill and ubuntu that characterises Comrades runners and contribute to our fundraising initiatives, all proceeds of which go directly to our charities.”

Freeman concludes, “The role that the CMA’s Official Charities play in community-based support, poverty alleviation, early childhood development, as well as critical humanitarian, environmental and health advocacy greatly enhance the lives of thousands of South Africans.”

For details on how Race4Charity works and other information, please click through to: https://web.comrades.com/amabeadibeadi/

Statement issued by the Comrades Marathon Association’s Marketing & Communications Officer, Delaine Cools on Thursday, 31 March 2022

For an interview, please contact:
• CMA Charities Convenor, Pat Freeman on 082 333 0074
• CMA Chairperson, Mqondisi Ngcobo on 082 908 3805

For more information, please call Delaine on 083 949 2837

Rise Against Hunger Payroll Giving

Through Payroll Giving, Nedbank has enabled the start-up and development of a Sustainable Community Garden based in Orange Farm. The property, called Place of Hope, has been a central community facility for many years. The garden consists of two 170sqm tunnels, a seedling nursery, a water wise irrigation system and a fertile environment to produce a variety of crops. The project currently employs three people, who are receiving training through AgriSeta and provides fresh produce to six Early Childhood Development centres, supporting just over 150 children. By July 2022, the garden will produce enough fresh vegetables to empower at least one woman in the community to start her own mini vegetable market and create sustainable income for the project in years to come. The aim is to replicate this project at serval sites in the area creating job opportunities, skills development, and nutritious vegetables for the residence of Orange Farm.

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Rise Against Hunger partners with Tastic Rice

Rise Against Hunger partners with Tastic Rice to supply meals to childhood development centres. This to celebrate Tastic’s 60th birthday. RAH CEO Brian Nell, and others, elaborate on the food scheme initiative. Celebrities came together to assist in the packing on 60 000 meals, in one day, in order to fight against food security.

KZN Response City Hope Disaster Relief is Stronger with Rise Against Hunger

KZN Response City Hope Disaster Relief

In the last 30 days Rise Against, in partnership with City Hope Disaster Relief in KZN, has distributed over 27 000 meals, through City Hope Disaster, which will feed over 4000 families for a month. Each one of these buckets contains 4 RAH meals.

AfriSam Rises Against the Hunger

Afrisam Impact Story May 2020

During the Covid-19 state of national disaster, the health and wellbeing of its employees has been the number one priority for AfriSam. When the lockdown was announced, AfriSam was concerned that its employees would not have access to food during the lockdown period.

Having an already existing relationship with Rise Against Hunger, the company decided to partner with Rise Against Hunger again to sustain our employees during this time.

As a result, AfriSam, through Rise Against Hunger were able to supply over 388 000 meals to its employees across the country– enough to sustain employees and their families during this disaster period. An additional 23 000 meals were distributed to the community.

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