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R80,000 worth of food donated to Ikageng, Orlando


As part of its “Goal for Charity Funds Disbursement” project, telecommunications company MTN has teamed up with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and MTN8 Champions Orlando Pirates to deliver R80,000 worth of food to the Ikageng Itireleng AIDS Ministry in Soweto.

MTN is committed to donating R 10,000 for every goal scored during the MTN 8 competition. Due to the impact of Covid 19, MTN decided to increase the money donated per goal from R 10,000 to R 20,000. During the 2020 edition of the MTN8 soccer competition, 21 goals were scored and R 420,000 collected in regular time. As part of its # REMAKE2020, MTN added R 80,000 to bring the total donation to R 500,000.

Speaking to Soweto Urban at the event, Thabo Phiri, Deputy Senior Sponsorship Manager of MTN SA said it was important to give back to the communities.
“Being able to contribute to the community is an important part of what we can do. Today we can show that it is not just about business and that we really care about the communities, so we are very grateful to be a part of it, ”said Phiri.

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The Orlando West-based center in Ikangeng is dedicated to caring for children who are underprivileged or orphaned by HIV / AIDS. Around 1,853 children from 450 households visit the center every day to have a meal or receive food packages. Carol Dyantyi, the center’s director, said the donation would go a long way toward feeding families.

“Most of our children come from teenage families, so many of them will benefit greatly from this. Covid hit everyone hard, you can imagine how hard they fought. Words are not enough to explain our gratitude. Thank you to MTN, PSL and Orlando Pirates, ”she said.

The center was selected as a deserved beneficiary of the donation by MTN8 Champions, Orlando Pirates, Buccaneers striker Zakhele Lepasa, who grew up in Soweto, spoke to Soweto Urban at the handover.
“Having grown up here, we know some of the challenges children face so it’s great to be part of the solution and help. It is also a great motivation for the players to know that the goals we score in the competition increase the amount that can be donated to communities, ”said Lepasa.

The R500,000 has been split between MTN’s six regions and will benefit seven charities.

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Janet Smith