Astron Energy employees kick started their Month of Caring by volunteering their time food-packing to help the less fortunate for Mandela Day. This is the sixth year that Astron Energy employees packed meals for the humanitarian relief organisation, Rise Against Hunger (RAH), formerly known as Stop Hunger Now.
This year, 40 employees packed a total of 10,000 meals at the Cape Town Head Office and Milnerton Refinery. Each team had 20 volunteers per session, including a team leader who managed the production line. Each line packed about 5 boxes in the allocated time.
Teams were measured on quality, speed, neatness, safety and efficiency as they packed the boxes of non-perishable nutritional food. Each box contains 36 packets of food and each packet feeds approximately six people.
According to Astron Energy’s Social Investment Advisor, Winny Dubazane, the company’s focus is on making an impact in communities in which they operate..
“It is important for us as a company to encourage our employees to get involved in our Social Investment projects and lend a helping hand as we strive to improve the lives and conditions of the people in the communities around us,” Dubazane said.
RAH is a volunteer based meal packaging and results oriented nutrition programme, which was started in South Africa in 2009.
RAH depends on passionate, active volunteers for meal packaging events and food distribution. The focus is on reaching the most vulnerable hungry: children, specifically those who attend pre-schools, or Early Childhood Development centres.