Stop Hunger Now challenge on Mandela Day.

Two UKZN Law students, Ms Asmaa Farouk Valjie and Ms Shamila Mpinga, have joined the Stop Hunger Now SA (SHN SA) organisation as volunteer ambassadors and participated in the 10 Million Meal Global challenge.

They enjoyed every moment of participating in the events hosted for Mandela Day and are ecstatic about continuing to help eradicate hunger in the world.

SHN SA’s first International Mandela Day challenge in Pietermaritzburg was at the Liberty Midlands Mall which donated funds to the 10 Million Meal Global Challenge as well as opening packaging lines to volunteers, shoppers and the general public.

Nine other generous corporates from in and around Pietermaritzburg participated in the meal packaging event.

Sibaya Casino in Durban achieved their target of 203 000 meals. Approximately 20 corporates participated at Sibaya with Sun International sending 15 teams of 20 people to pack for 67 minutes in honour of Mandela.

The Follow the Sun campaign from 13 July to 20 July was a week dedicated to Nelson Mandela. The idea around this theme, was that countries – the United States, Malaysia, India, Italy, South Africa and the Philippines – and six cities in South Africa – East London, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth – would start packing in the east and end in the west!

‘Not only did our organisation help smash the Global target of 10 million meals but we managed to pack an extra 26 meals,’ said Mpinga.

‘Our meal packs provide a well-balanced diet which is in keeping with UNICEF standards. One meal packet consists of a cup of rice, soya, two scoops of soup and a sachet containing 23 vitamins and minerals vital to the growth of children between the ages of 1-6 years.’ 

Any business or organisation keen to host a packaging event or anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should phone Kim Carrington at 079 897 4330/ 033 346 0400 or Keven Pillay at 079 897 4320.

‘We host packaging events at our warehouse in Pietermaritzburg every second Saturday of the month. Join us on 13 August at Campsdrift Park, Unit 30-32, opposite the China Discount Store,’ added Mpinga.

To view the organisation’s events calendar visit

Kim Carrington