Sixteen charities of Bloemfontein received groceries from Shoprite Checkers that amounted to more than R500 000.
These charity institutions varied from old age homes, orphanages, child and youth care centres to homes for the physically and mentally impaired. Shoprite Checkers donated 16 batches of groceries worth more than R30 000 to each of these charity groups.
This initiative was not only aimed at alleviating poverty but also to uplift and reward charities that offer assistance to communities in Bloemfontein.
Although the Shoprite Checkers Charity Giveaway is part of its annual Christmas initiative, 2016’s Giveaway saw an increase in the number of charities that benefited. The Public Relations Manager of Shoprite Checkers, Miemie Kleingeld, mentioned that the project was extended this year. The number of benefiting charities increased from 10 to 16 and included charities from the broader Mangaung region.
Hendrien de Klerk of the Free State Residential Care Centre (Vrystaatse Nasorgsentrum) said their home is privileged to have benefited from this initiative. “We take care of more than 152 individuals. Accomplishing this task is not easy. We are therefore grateful for this giveaway. It certainly makes a difference.”
Priscilla Kock, Director of Age In Action Free State, an old age home assisting elderly people from Rocklands, Heidedal and neighbouring townships, added that the donations made by Shoprite Checkers will positively influence the lives of elderly people and alleviate the financial burden often experienced by charities.
According to Kock there are many old aged people whose lives will be affected by the donations of Shoprite Checkers.
“These grocery donations will truly make a difference at the VGK Heatherdale in Heidedal. There are many people in our community who go by without any food, and with these food parcels we will be able to extend our hands and reach out to more people in our area,” said Rev. Gavern Cloete of this charity group.
Nicolene du Toit of Engo said they are taking care of the elderly, adopted children and many more charity programmes. “We are extremely thankful for this donation. Many of our satellite stations will get some of the groceries,” she said. – Katleho Morapela