Renovations bring pleasant windfall
When the Pick n Pay supermarket in Eros, Windhoek closed last week for extensive renovations that will last a month and a half, the remaining fresh fruit and vegetables posed a unique problem. Since these are perishables, it would not make sense to keep them until the store opens again in May. So Pick n Pay decided to donate everything to the Dorkas Community Development organisation which takes care of scores of vulnerable children.
Pick n Pay Regional Manager for central and south Namibia, Petrus Geiseb said “In our commitment to delivering quality to our consumers, the renovation of Pick n Pay stores across the country forms a part of the bigger vision for PnP Namibia.”
When Pick n Pay Eros came up for renovation, it was decided to donate its stock to charity. All the fresh fruit and vegetables, worth about N$12,000, went to the Dorkas Community Development Organization.
Dorkas sustains over 40 children every day from Monday to Friday after school. The project provides food to school children from less-privileged households within its immediate community at Malaka Draai, Damara location.
“We have learned that the Dorkas Community Development Organization has been experiencing a lack of food to feed these children who rely on this daily meal to keep going, hence our decision to donate this food to them. We had the option of shelving these fruits and vegetables at other stores in Windhoek, but we identified this moment as another opportunity to contribute to the group’s purpose of ‘Creating a future, Enhancing life’, by making a difference in our surrounding communities when and wherever possible” said Geiseb.
The Dorkas Chairperson, Erna Awaseb said “My heart is filled with joy in abundance. This donation will make a difference as the one thing we have been missing in their meals, is vegetables and fruit. We will now be able to add some healthy food on their plates.”