Help food relief NGO smash world record for Mandela Day

The Ladles of Love team

Food relief organisation Ladles of Love is aiming to break another world record this Mandela Day, Tuesday July 18, with the highest number of volunteers offering 67 minutes of their time to contribute to early childhood development (ECD) and day care centres in impoverished communities.

The event will take place at the V&A Waterfront Look Out and Oranjezicht City Farm Market.

They aim to have 6700 (or more) volunteers pay R150 for a ticket, and participants can choose to assist in a number of activations, including sandwich-making; toy and instrument craft; filling jars with food, collating hampers for the carers; planting edible seeds; packing of stationery items for children; packaging reading books; as well as packing the goods for distribution.

The founder of Ladles of Love, Danny Diliberto, said his passion has become about spreading #LoveActivism – “it’s about creating a society of kindness, compassion and love”.

“For this reason, Mandela Day has become the most important day of the year as it personifies #LoveActivism in action.”

He said this year, the Mandela Day slogan was “One Day, One Goal, One Love. “This is what it’s about, calling on 6700 people to come together and do their 67 minutes for our children.”

Waterfront senior manager of social impact and food ecosystems Henry Mathys, said the Waterfront was delighted to partner with Ladles of Love on Mandela Day.

“Ladles of Love’s dedication to alleviating hunger and poverty inspires us daily… Together, we look forward to harnessing the power of collaboration and community engagement to make a lasting impact on the lives of children in need.”

Tickets are available through Webtickets and volunteers can book time slots to serve on the day.

For more information, visit ladlesoflove.org.za