Sales and Marketing Manager of iTe Products, Alistair McDougal, and his wife are actively involved in a Non-Profit Organisation that is making a huge difference in the lives of underprivileged children in Tembisa. The project was started in July 2015 because they felt the need to give back to the community.

“When it comes to charity, we believe it should start at home. We are focusing on feeding our nation through a number of local initiatives and are inviting people to get involved,” says Alistair.

Every Saturday, their NPO, which operates through the Rehumele Foundation, runs a soup kitchen in the Mandela 1 and 2 sections of Tembisa in the East Rand of Gauteng. Between 500 and 600 people, of which 90% are children, receive soup and sandwiches that are prepared by the Khya Luthandu Community Centre. Volunteers from the local community arrive with the food at 10am and are there until 11h30 each Saturday.

The Rehumele Foundation also supports a creche in Tembisa by providing nutritional supplements. “The United Nations is involved in supplying this product. The nutritional supplements are packed in 100g sachets and one sachet provides the necessary nutritional requirements for a person each day. We provide these supplements for 60 children every day of the week,” says Alistair.

A new initiative started in October 2018 is a veggie garden at the Sedibeng Primary School in Tembisa. The goal is to provide vegetables for the children at school.

“There are many hungry and undernourished children in South Africa. We are doing our bit to help those in need by providing a sustainable, nutritious ways to fill their bellies,” says Alistair.

The Rehumele Foundation is a registered NPO and donors will receive a tax certificate 18a when making donations. “People can join by bringing their children and helping out on a Saturday, they can donate food or they can make a financial contribution to help the initiative. Any type of donation is much appreciated,” concludes Alistair.

The projects are currently mostly funded by Alistair and his wife. His wife will soon be retiring and they will need help to continue this project. Consider allocating a part of your company’s social responsibility funding and efforts to this worthy initiative.

For more information, contact Alistair Mac Dougall on +27 (11) 864 4918 or alistair@iteproducts.co.za.

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