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How the travel industry commemorated Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela believed that everyone has the ability to change the world for the better, and Mandela Day calls on everyone to take action against poverty in a way that will bring about sustainable change.


To commemorate Mandela Day, South African Tourism invited 30 trade partners and media to donate their time and cook meals for those less fortunate at OzHarvest in Sydney.


Making meatballs, pap, and chakalaka: L-R Tim Gray, Julie De Palo , Bonnie-Sue O'Garey, Lauren McAlpine, Victoria, Kristina Sambaher, Neil Rodgers.


Under the guidance of OzHarvest chefs, the team of volunteers transformed rescued food into gourmet dishes inspired by the tastes and flavours of South African cuisine. Through the efforts of the volunteers, South African Tourism and OzHarvest were able to donate 400 meals to charities around Sydney for distribution to those in need.


Also joining the group was South African-born TV chef, Warren Mendes, who rolled up his sleeves to assist with the preparation of the meals. Chef Mendes appears regularly on Studio 10 and recently filmed a new series in South Africa - Food Trail: South Africa - which will air on Channel 10 from August 2022. 


South African-born chef Warren Mendes making bobotie.


“The Mandela Day campaign is a celebration of our collective power to create a global movement for good and make a positive impact on the world,” Yana Shvarts, Acting Hub Head, Australasia. 


“By giving a little time, we can help make a big change to someone’s life. It was so inspiring to see a team of people come together and take time out of their day to help make a real difference to the lives of those less fortunate.”


Making bobotie and berry crumble: L-R Caroline Hobbs OzHarvest Chef Damir, Michael Hall, Tim Clyde-Smith, Chris Suchet-Pearson.  


OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation with a driving purpose to ‘Nourish our Country’ through rescuing surplus food from businesses around Australia and delivering it to charities helping to feed people in need. The not-for-profit was founded by South African born Ronni Kahn AO, who has recently taken the unique model back to her homeland South Africa; making the partnership a natural fit for this special event.


“I’m so excited to be able to share the OzHarvest model in my country of birth, South Africa,” Kahn said.  


OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn with South African Tourism, trade and media guests.


“Nelson Mandela continues to be a huge inspiration to me and it is so special to celebrate his legacy today with the team from South African Tourism by providing food to those less fortunate than us. This is completely in alignment with the values that Madiba believed in.”

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Published: 20 July 2022

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