Volunteers unite to fight hunger

Carefully packing 187 boxes of food required an assembly line of volunteers. Picture: supplied

Close to 200 people gathered at Blue Route Mall on Human Rights Day, Tuesday March 21, to pack food for needy children.

The event was held in aid of Rise Against Hunger, a global volunteer movement to end hunger.

Shoppers were encouraged to sign up for one-hour shifts to pack food.

Volunteers from Women of Westlake – a non-profit organisation that runs a feeding scheme in Westlake – also helped.

“Giving back is what we love being able to do, to give and do something to help out the next person,” said the organisation’s chairwoman, Anthea Thebus.

According to Blue Route Mall spokeswoman Bronwyn Rabie, more than 3.5 tons of food were packed into 187 boxes at the event for distribution across the province.

Anthea Thebus and Zoe van Schalwyk weight food before it is packed for distribution. Picture: supplied.