The station says that '#GMAMandelaDay' called on listeners and clients from all over South Africa, and further afield, to make donations towards this initiative via the donate button on the website. Each R67 allows the team to feed a family of four.
According to the station, the response was 'overwhelming'; R572 538 was raised in just two days since the initiative's launch on Monday, 13 July. This was added to DJ Jazzy D's total of R85 000.
In total, Jacaranda FM's Good Morning Angels
has received a total of R670 000, which is equivalent to 40 000 meals for South Africans in need.
Maize meal for Jazzy D’s project '#Feed67000In1Day' was donated by Keystone Milling Co.; this allowed for the additional funds raised by '#GMAMandelaDay' to be used to add meat and vegetables to the meal.
Teams of volunteers at soup kitchens will be participating across the country to prepare the meals for Mandela Day. The teams will be situated in:
- Cape Town
- Port Elizabeth
- East London
- Graaff Reinet
- Kimberley, and
Jazzy D says, "I don’t know what to say but 'thank you'. Many of us are concerned with a brand of coffee that we can't find in a store, or when we'll be able to go to the movies again; many people don’t know where their next meal will be coming from."
"It's amazing what we can do if we just look at the person next to us and believe that they are worth living for, even if they don't believe it themselves," adds Jazzy D.
Deirdre King, managing director of Jacaranda FM
, says, "It's truly humbling to see what a massive, life-giving difference can be made in just two days on air, with thousands across South Africa opening their hearts to those less privileged."
"[These are] people they don't know and may very well never get to meet. We extend our deepest gratitude to every single individual and company that made this possible," adds King.Jacaranda FM's
breakfast host Martin Bester, who also drives Good Morning Angels
on-air every Wednesday morning, says: "I've always maintained that we have the most generous listeners in the country, if not the world."
"Thank you to each and every one of you who stepped forward to say 'I will help'. It is our privilege to get behind Jazzy with this amazing initiative and to make an impactful difference this Mandela Day — offering thousands a hearty, healthy meal," adds Bester.
Additional donations can be made to DJ Jazzy D's project via www.feedafamily.co.za. Updates will be made available via his Facebook
page, as well as on The House Party with DJ Jazzy D
Individuals are encouraged to tune in Jacaranda FM
or listen via the Jacaranda FM
app, which is available for IOS and Android. Listeners can additionally tune in to DStv Channel 858.
For more information, visit www.jacarandafm.com
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