A Wonder-Full occasion of coming together as a community this Mandela Day
The essence of Wonderbag’s ‘goodness in a bag’ ethos was demonstrated when on the 18th of July 2017 the Wonderbag Foundation endeavoured to feed hundreds of people from the local community with warm and nutritious food that was made using this revolutionary non-electric slow cooker. The proudly South African company, whose factory and head office is based in Tongaat, did their bit on Mandela Day feeding hundreds of people at the Belvedere Community Centre during a well-coordinated health and safety themed feeding initiative.
“Wonderbag is a catalyst for social and economic empowerment and development. We accomplished this by engaging and uniting the Tongaat community during a Wonderfeast, it is the ethos on which all our Wonderbag activations are based. This Wonderbag initiative was organised together with volunteers to feed families in need that reside within the Tongaat community. The Belvedere Community Centre was chosen to carry out the feeding initiative as it is central to the informal settlements of Rajkumar and Gwalas, where many disadvantaged, unemployed families reside, stated Fiona James, Managing Director of Wonderbag.
All 25 of the Wonderbag staff members from the head office in Tongaat were involved in the logistics, preparation and serving of the food and to clean up after the event. The delicious and nutritious traditional South African dish of chicken curry and rice, together with refreshments, was provided to approximately 600 people on the day. The feeding initiative also allowed for the engagement with local Councillor Dolly Munien and local healthcare providers such as Mediclinic who had representatives on hand to provide blood pressure and sugar testing’s to all those in attendance. There were numerous volunteers from the Tongaat area who came to event to assist after hearing about the initiative via Facebook. Volunteers provided various services leading up to and on the day of the feeding initiative, which included live music, face painting and a jumping castle for the kids that was donated to make the day special for all the families in attendance. The initiative received a lot of support from local organisations such as the Tongaat Library, Tongaat SAPS, the Reaction Unit, Tongaat Trauma Care Unit and local business leaders.
“At Wonderbag we believe in making a difference within our communities and this Mandela Day we decided that it should start at ‘home’ - at the heart of our operations in Tongaat. It was so rewarding to see so many volunteers also give of their time, money or resources to help us make this initiative a success which ultimately had a real impact on so many families in this community. The energy felt today was incredible and there was a real sense of the spirit of Ubuntu here which we know Madiba would have been proud of,” concluded James.