19 November 2009
UK Art Auction raises enough money to provide 175 000 to South Africa’s hungry
FoodBank South Africa (FoodBank SA) is able to provide an extra 175 000 meals to hungry people after a successful Art Auction held at the Foundling Museum in London, 12 November.
South African High Commissioner in England, Zola Skweyiya, and FoodBank SA representatives welcomed more than 50 guests to the first Art Auction. By joining the auction, guests showed their support for the enormous effort of FoodBank SA to alleviate hunger in South Africa.
Professional South African artists such as Helene Kruger, Jennifer Gray, Solly Smook, Nathan Chikoto and Ticha Nyaruviro provided us with a wide selection of pieces ranging from the typical South African art in bright and earthy colors to original paintings of ethnic culture. A selection of ‘Street Art’ by non-professionals was also displayed and auctioned. Additionally, we sold beautifully beaded South African Christmas decoration.
After enjoying drinks sponsored by SAB Miller and South Africa House, the guests were equipped with giant plastic forks as paddles, and the auctioneer started the action. The art lovers and supporters of FoodBank SA picked up bidding quickly and stakes were set early in the evening.
Although South Africa has the potential to grow enough food to feed its population, 14.4 million South Africans do not know where their next meal will come from. Hundreds of NGOs already work to address this, yet the lack of co-ordination and logistics for a larger scale impact. With successful experiences in more than 20 countries, the foodbanking system aims to combine the small efforts to a nation-wide network, thus working more cost-efficiently and sourcing more food than any other social organisation in South Africa.
By fighting hunger, FoodBank SA also takes a leading role in attacking health, education and crime problems that remain a controversial topic in South Africa.
Since the launch in March 2009, community FoodBanks have opened in four major cities, with 16 more FoodBanks to launch in the next three years. Currently, the FoodBank network supplies 1.2 million meals a month.
FoodBank SA has appealed to public and private donors throughout the year to keep up with the growing demand of food.
For more information please visit www.foodbank.org.za
Issued by HWB Communications
On behalf of
FoodBank South Africa
Contact: Claire Winson
021 462 0416
074 141 8489