Help fill a million hungry bellies

People queue for meals at Mustadafin Foundation in Bridgetown.

The Mustadafin Foundation and Bikers 4 Change ZA’s initiative to raise funds for one million meals for the poor has been extended to Monday July 18.

The Belgravia foundation’s Feed a Belly, Feed a Mind campaign, partnered with Bikers 4 Change ZA last month when riders set off, on Friday May 13, on their 92 000km adventure from Cape Town to Zanzibar, Victoria Falls, and Tanzania.

Their goal is to raise R12 in sponsorship for the foundation for each kilometre they travel, and, so far, they have raised R87 541, said Mustadafin Foundation’s director, Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem.

Mustadafin’s Feed a Belly, Feed a Mind project provides almost 28 000 meals daily to pre-school pupils in the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and Zimbabwe.

Hunger and poverty in communities had a devastating impact on families, said Ms Johnstone-Cassiem.

“We had initially set a target of a million meals in order to fulfil our dream of reaching as many families as we possibly can. Sadly, we have not reached our target yet, but, with your help, we believe we still can,” she said.

“Once again we would like to extend our gratitude for supporting our work as we bring hope to those who need it the most.”

Mustadafin volunteer Abduragman Edwards said Mustadafin’s hard work and dedication had motivated the riders to embark on the journey.

“Imagine driving 40 minutes to a place just to collect 10 loaves of bread so that a child can have a meal for the day. So, this isn’t just a trip, it is a greater purpose to help those who need it most,” he said.

Mustadafin Foundation spokeswoman Nazley Rulunente said they were also appealing to the public to donate blankets, clothing, food, candles and shoes for the needy this winter.

“Currently the community needs food and baby clothing the most. Hanover Park, Khayelitsha, and Mitchell’s Plain as well Philippi areas are in desperate need of donations,” she said.

To donate, visit Mustdafin’s website at www.mustadafin.org.za or call 021 633 0010.