The club prepared food hampers for approximately 80 ladies served weekly by Hope’s Anchor, a project assisting vulnerable ladies in Durban. Hope’s Anchor provides a meal, direct counselling and physical support to the ladies weekly. To mark Woman’s Day, the club prepared burgers, fruit and small treats for each of the ladies Hope’s Anchor provides for, to give the women a tasty and filling meal.
The club also prepared some “snuggler” sleeping bags (sleeping bags created from newspapers and plastic sheeting) for Hope’s Anchor to use as they need.
Two full trolleys of food were collected from the generous public at the La Lucia Mall Pick ‘n Pay on Saturday 25 July. The club also collects food once a month on a Saturday at the Crescent Pick ‘n Pay and several times a month at the Umhlanga and Kensington Spars, on a weekday.
Thank you to everyone who supports the club’s collections – the food you donate is packaged and distributed to more than 125 people in need every month.
At the 2013 Lions District 410C Midyear Conference, the North Durban Lions club were very proud to win the inaugural club food security award. The criteria for the award is that the winning club must:
a) Which donated the largest amount of food (in monetary value) during the period under consideration
b) Whose members put the most hours into food security related projects during the period under consideration
c)Which held the most significant food security related project or a series of major projects during the period under consideration in the consideration of the judges, even if the club does not meet the criteria of (a) or (b).
The club won the award on the strength of its food distribution project, in which it served many people in need by collecting, packaging and distributing at least R155 800 worth of food during the 2012/2013 Lions year, an achievement of which the club is extremely proud.
Just Us 4 Children along with i-Care and Foodbank are organising a large event in conjunction with the World Chefs Hunger Tour. To quote their press release:
“This will entail all the International chefs, walking in their white outfits raising awareness about starvation and the how many children go hungry to Addington Primary School where they will be helping entertain and handing out food parcels to 1000 disadvantaged children and street children. ”
The club was very pleased to be able to donate 50kg of rice and 30kg of maize meal to assist in feeding the kids.
The club gratefully thanks the public and Bagtech International whose generous donations of food and funds at our supermarket collections and directly to the club allow the club to assist with events like this, and to prepare the many food parcels we prepare every month.
The following letter was published in the North Glen News of 23 August 2011. The North Glen News is one of the major local publications in Durban North and its surrounds – the club would like to thank the paper for the coverage we regularly receive.
Letter to the Editor
Thank you from North Durban Lions Club
North Durban Lions would like to thank the Management of Pick 'n Pay La Lucia, Pick 'n Pay The Crescent, Umhlanga Spar and Kensington Square Super Spar for allowing them to collect non-perishable food items every month at their stores. They would also like to give a huge thank you to all the customers who purchase these food items in the stores and place them in the Lions collection trolleys. The Lions members then pack all this food into parcels which are distributed mainly to old age pensioners at TAFTA's Ray Hullett House with a few more given to needy families and baby homes.
Without the support of the community and the stores mentioned, North Durban Lions would not be able to fill the 130 parcels that they hand out every month.
Again our sincere thanks
Lion President Kim van Wyk and North Durban Lions Members
Club members met at the clubhouse on 11 January to pack more than 125 food parcels for distribution to the needy. Here are a few photos from the packing:
Lions Rob McMorran and Trevor Hobbs, Trevor’s son Grant and Lion Kim van Wyk bag up sugar. Lion Mike Erskine in the background is packing tea.
Lions Neil Aubert and Kay Erskine pack parcels
Grant Hobbs and Lions Phil Meyer, Maria Stowe and Kay Erskine pose while packing parcels
A typical food parcel, including rice, sugar, maize meal, tinned meat, tinned veg, tinned fish, pasta, tea and baked beans
The finished 125+ food parcels awaiting delivery