Delano distributes food parcels

17 June 2020 | Local News

Title-winning kickboxer Delano Muller (15) recently donated 20 food parcels to community members in Khorixas and Fransfontein, bought after he auctioned his gloves and photos on Facebook to generated funds.

Muller said the donation was his way of assisting people facing hardships during the Covid-19 pandemic and called upon companies and individuals to help where they can.

The beneficiaries Muller were chosen with the assistance of the local Namibian Red Cross Society (NRCS). They included people living with disabilities, child-headed households, elderly persons who do not have identification documents, the homeless and unemployed individuals.

Local activist Oswald Losper and two volunteers from the NRCS assisted with the handing over of the food in the two towns.

A local teacher, Kingsley !Ganeb, availed his car and fuel to transport the food parcels to its end destination.

Each parcel also contained a personalised message of hope from Muller, as well as pens and pencils.

One of the recipients, Martha !Oe-amses, expressed her appreciation for the donated food items.

“I do not have an identification document and cannot received government assistance. It is a great gesture,” said !Oe-amses, who is unemployed and resides in the !Goas area at Khorixas with her daughter and grandchildren."

Losper said that he is thrilled by the gesture and called for more partnerships between the public and private sectors to deal with the issue of food shortages and hunger experienced by community members in rural and informal areas.

Muller also handed over clothes, bags, shoes, stationary and water containers to the Fransfontein settlement two months ago. This donation was part of his initiative called “Making Sports Accessible to Everyone Together” which aims to motivate Namibians to donate new and used sports equipment, accessories, trophies, clothes and shoes.

The donated items are used to motivate youngsters who do not have the means to realise their potential in sport.

Muller won the Namibia Junior Sportsman award in 2010, 2017 and 2019. He was also crowned champion at the Battle of Atlanta in the United States last year and has also won prizes at the Desert Storm competition held at Walvis Bay. Muller used the N$50 000 prize money he earned as the Junior Sportsman of the Year to purchase equipment which he donated to youngsters.

He also hosted motivational seminars and self-defence and kickboxing training camps in Fransfontein, Ondangwa, Tsumeb, Ongwediva and Oshakati.

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