More help for Walvis vulnerable
10 000 meals
12 May 2020 | Local News
Andre Snyman; MD Walvis Bay Salt Holdings’ “… [we] could not stand idly by and see vulnerable members of the community suffer.”
Walvis Bay Salt Holdings donated 400 food parcels to alleviate the plight of the elderly as well as the most vulnerable citizens of the harbour town, while another 100 food parcels were donated to His House Frail Care Centre and the Huis Palms Old Age Home.
The parcels, handed over to the office of the Walvis Bay mayor on Tuesday, could prepare approximately 10 000 meals.
Managing director of Walvis Bay Salt Holdings Andre Snyman said the company has been an active corporate citizen for more than 55 years.
“We are part of the fibre and heritage of this town and could not stand idly by and see vulnerable members of the community suffer. It pains me to see citizens of our town suffer during this time.”
According to Snyman, the 20kg parcels contain basic meal ingredients like maize meal, sugar, bread flour, yeast, cooking oil, canned fish, soup packets, coffee and tea.
Erongo governor Neville Andre assured the company that the parcels will be distributed to those in need.
“It is only through public-private partnerships that we are able to ensure that struggling communities in Walvis Bay and the region at large receive this much-needed relief. Since many stayed at home for over a month and did not work, they could not earn their usual income and provide for the basic needs of their families.”
Walvis Bay mayor Immanuel Wilfred said that it is through gestures like these that a meaningful difference is made in the lives of many.
“Due to the partial shutdown of economic activities as a result of Covid-19, our community members are feeling the ripple effects. This relief will go a long way to assist the most vulnerable.”
Wilfred said that it is not enough to return to business as usual and watch many suffering alone.
“It is our collective duty to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. Our efforts can only be complemented if we work together to touch the lives of those less fortunate than us.”
He said that the parcels would be distributed as per the municipality’s registration process, which is still ongoing.