FUSO Trucks Southern Africa took the lead during Mandela Month on the 24th of July by sponsoring a FUSO Canter LIFT to the Shoprite Soup Kitchen. At the event, more than 700 cups of fortified soup and 1400 slices of bread were handed out to underprivileged pupils at the Morula View Primary School, in Mabopane, Pretoria.
The customised and fully-equipped Canter LIFT was handed over as part of a three-year sponsorship from FUSO Trucks Southern Africa.
“There are so many things that we, the privileged few take for granted, such as having at least one decent meal a day. We realise that we will not be remembered for the number of FUSO vehicles we sell, but how many lives we touch. This is the FUSO difference,” said Naeem Hassim, Head of FUSO Trucks Southern Africa.
The Shoprite mobile soup kitchen was initiated in 2007 with just two trucks and it has supplied millions of cups of soup to people across our country. Today it has 22 trucks and serves more than 600,000 cups of soup every month to those who are in need of a nutritious meal.
“Mobile units such as the FUSO Canter LIFT are deployed to offer relief to victims of natural disasters, such as floods and fires, in the most affected areas. The Shoprite Group is aware of the ongoing economic pressures experienced by all South Africans, especially in underprivileged communities, and we believe that our Mobile Soup Kitchens offer not only a cup of soup, but a meal of hope,” said Neil Schreuder, Shoprite Checkers Marketing Director.
Shoprite and FUSO represent two like-minded organisations which understand the importance of not only giving back to communities, but also to ensure that all their initiatives are sustainable.
With Statistics South Africa's General Household Survey indicating that the percentage of households with inadequate access to food is approximately 23%, Shoprite is committed to making the best use of its resources in order to assist in uplifting and alleviating the suffering of communities in need, through its various soup kitchens.
Amongst other initiatives, FUSO is actively involved with the Road Transport Management System, an industry-led, voluntary, self-regulation scheme that encourages stakeholders in the road logistics value chain to implement a vehicle management system that preserves road infrastructure and improves road safety.
“By sponsoring a FUSO Canter LIFT to such a worthy cause, we are bolstering efforts to eradicate hunger in South Africa. We are handing over one of our most rugged medium-duty commercial vehicles and we are confident it will make light work of every single delivery,” said Hassim.
“The Canter’s design allows flexibility for the fitment of different load body types to suit all applications. This particular vehicle will be used to feed children and the elderly in different communities,” he concluded.