GENEROUS Rotherham transport workers got a real taste of Africa while delivering £900 to help serve up more than half-a-million meals for malnourished youngsters.
As part of a fundraising drive, staff at delivery firm TNT Rotherham re-created a meal of maize and water given to children in Tanzania—the one meal a day that gives them the vital nutrition to survive and prosper.
Portions of the basic foodstuff were sold to raise money and to give people an insight into how the youngsters live.
TNT workers at Rother Way, Euroway Industrial Estate, Hellaby, contributed towards the company’s national total of more than £40,000 raised during a special Fight
Hunger Week initiative to feed and educate impoverished children in Tanzania.
Other fundraising activities at the Hellaby depot included a “Dress down” day, selling burgers and hot-dogs at lunchtimes and a raffle.
Money raised will go to the World Food Programme to help the United Nations’ backed agency with its work in East Africa.
The £40,000 raised is enough to provide for the needs of 1,600 children over the course of a year.
It costs just 7p a day to provide the young boys and girls with a nutritional maize meal.
Rod McGowan, general manager of TNT Rotherham, said: “It costs just £25 to feed and educate a child for a year in Tanzania, so the magnificent efforts of TNT people will provide for the needs of more than 1,600 kids for 2010/2011.
“We have a strong corporate responsibility ethos and our support for the WFP is a key element in what we do.
“Our employees never cease to amaze me with their generosity and willingness to help those most in need in society.”
During an ongoing eight-year partnership with the World Food Programme, TNT in the UK has previously given more than £300,000 to the agency to help Tanzanian children.