Ready to distribute food parcels are Boxer Superstore representative, Mr Dlamini, lnduna Shandu of lniwe, FHL founder Thembisa Shinga and RBCT’s Princess Sibiya NPO actively assists destitute community Wiseman Mthiyane

COMMUNITY leaders, businesses and non governmental organisations continue to respond to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call of lending a helping hand to the needy. This was evident last week when a non profit organisation, Faith, Hope and Love FHL , handed over food parcels to Zululand communities in the Empangeni area. Spearheaded by two dynamic young women, Thembisa Shinga and Noluthando Nzimande, FHL has been actively involved in community projects in the King Cetshwayo district. Their initiatives include food parcel handouts, feeding schemes for the homeless, drug rehabilitation programmes, school shoe donations and various other projects. They visited Iniwe, where they handed over food parcels to the needy, assisted by the local induna and other community leaders. ‘This project would not have been a success without the generous support from coal exporter, Richards Bay Coal Terminal RBCT . ‘We were one of the RBCT’s annual grant recipients. We received R37 000, which was instrumental in enabling us to conduct various food parcel drives during the five week lockdown,’ said Shinga. ‘We have received support from RBCT dating back to 2016, when we launched a project of donating 400 school shoes to children of Iniwe Primary School. ‘We have also received support from Boxer Superstore and our partnership with them dates back to 2015. ‘I would like to encourage everyone from all sectors to lend a helping hand to one another. Every little bit counts and can change someone’s life. ‘If we all just plant a seed, we can change communities and feed many out there. I appeal to corporates and other businesses to continue giving NPOs support,’ said Shinga.