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67 ways to help this Mandela Day: Help Jacaranda FM and DJ Jazzy D feed 40 000 people

By Supplied Time of article published Jul 16, 2020

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To celebrate the 11th International Mandela Day, DJ Jazzy D joined hands with Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels on Breakfast with Martin Bester – together raising enough funds to feed 40 000 South Africans in desperate need!

#GMAMandelaDay

 called on listeners and clients from all over SA, and further afield, to make donations towards this initiative via the donate button on the website, with each R67 making it possible to feed a family of four.

The response was overwhelming, with R572 538 raised in just two days since the initiative’s launch on 13 July. This was added to DJ Jazzy D’s total of R85 000 and topped up by Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels to leave a grand total of R670 000, or 40 000 meals for South Africans in need!

Maize meal for Jazzy D’s project, #Feed67000In1Day, was donated by Keystone Milling Co., so the additional funds raised by #GMAMandelaDay 

will be used to add meat and vegetables to the recipe for a healthy, balanced meal.

Teams of volunteers at soup kitchens across the country – Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Pietermaritzburg, Grahamstown, Humansdorp, Graaff Reinet, Kimberley, Nelspruit and more - will now get cracking to prepare these meals on time for Mandela Day.

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Jazzy D, who received a call from Jacaranda FM’s Breakfast with Martin Bester to reveal the final amount raised, couldn’t hold back the tears: “I don’t know what to say but ‘thank you’. Many of us are concerned with a brand of coffee that we can’t find in a store, or when we’ll be able to go to the movies again, while many people don’t know where their next meal will be coming from. It’s amazing what we can do if we just look at the person next to us and believe that they are worth living for, even if they don’t believe it themselves.” 

Deirdre King, Managing Director of Jacaranda FM, says: “It’s truly humbling to see what a massive, life-giving difference can be made in just two days on air, with thousands across South Africa opening their hearts to those less privileged – people they don’t know and may very well never get to meet. We extend our deepest gratitude to every single individual and company that made this possible.”

Jacaranda FM’s breakfast host, Martin Bester, who also drives Good Morning Angels on-air every Wednesday morning, says: “I’ve always maintained that we have the most generous listeners in the country, if not the world. Thank you to each and every one of you who stepped forward to say ‘I will help’. It is our privilege to get behind Jazzy with this amazing initiative and to make an impactful difference this Mandela Day – offering thousands a hearty, healthy meal!”

More donations can be made to DJ Jazzy D’s project via  www.feedafamily.co.za and updates will be made available via his Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/djjazzyd, as well as on his show, The House Party with DJ Jazzy D.

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