Beacon of Hope, a local charity that runs a soup kitchen for needy children and adults in Heidedal, received a much needed injection when cell phone giant MTN recently heeded their call for a sponsorship.
The service provider’s once-off contribution to Beacon of Hope included a R5000 Shoprite Checkers voucher as well as groceries to the value of R15 000.
According to John de Bruin, an executive member of the organisation, MTN’s contribution lifts a heavy load off their shoulders. “We feed around 150 adults and 300 children twice a week. And because we don’t get any assistance from government, it is sometimes hard to put a decent meal on the table for our beneficiaries.
“That is why this contribution from MTN means so much to us. We will be eternally grateful. We just wish we could make it a permanent sponsorship so that we can fulfil our mandate of uplifting the community properly,” said De Bruin.
According to Mphaks Mzamo, Regional Marketing Manager at MTN Central Region, the sponsorship to Beacon of Hope was 1 of 4 planned handovers across the country.
“MTN 8 Goals for Charity is a project driven from the National MTN 8 Soccer Tournament where MTN donates to NPOs and charities where assistance is much needed. The donations are based on goals scored during the tournament.
“MTN Central Region based in Bloemfontein was approached by Beacon Of Hope in Heidedal to assist them with their soup kitchen where they offer food on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is where MTN saw it pertinent to get involved,” said Mzamo.