During economic downturns the poor, sick and elderly are the first to get bruised as charitable funding dries up and budgets tighten.
One conference centre has stepped into the breach. AstroTech Conference Centre in Parktown, Johannesburg is now donating any left-over food from it’s daily conferences to the nearby CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa) care centre in Saxonwold.
“It’s in the nature of conferences and restaurants that there will always be left over food. However, with so many hungry in our country and with the economy putting stresses on every budget we, as a South African company that is committed to our future, decided to find ways to give our excess to an organization within our community that helps the most vulnerable in any community, sick children,” CEO of AstroTech Conference Centre, Liza van Wyk said.
“In this age where recycling is also an environmental necessity and in a nation where community responsibility is essential, we would like to encourage other businesses to follow suit.”
Marie Rozyn of CHOC House said they were thrilled with the donation of “delicious food.” CHOC helps children ill or dying with cancer and their families.”