The NPO has invited the public to participate in its biggest fundraising event to date.

In one day, Ladles of Love has the goal to raise R5-million for food with one love, to nourish more than 5 500 small children in impoverished communities. By purchasing a ticket, individuals can commit to spending 67 minutes in active service making items to help nurture and grow little ones at pre-school centers and shelters.

South African Child Gauge, a 2020 study on nutrition and food security, describes malnutrition in children as "slow violence".

"It would take a powerful malevolent force to inflict havoc on a child in the way that malnutrition does. Let's put it plainly: Malnutrition systematically destroys a child; it damages their chances of survival, their cognitive development, their immune system, their bone and muscle structure and their livelihood prospects," says Dr. Lawrence Haddad, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.

Concerned citizens, corporate companies and young students all over the world are requested to be social change-makers and secure tickets now for International Mandela Day.

To book, one can simply visit and select ticket options for time slots at one of the flagship events to be held at V&A Waterfront's Lookout venue and Johannesburg at Constitution Hill, Braamfontein — or 'Create your own event' anywhere in the world.
Individuals are encouraged to choose a volunteering activity: 

  • Sandwich making: spread sandwiches with love for children at snack time
  • Buckets of hope: layer dry foods for cooks to prepare children's daily hot meals and bread
  • Bookmaking / wall art: create and collate books or decorate wall art to help develop children's minds and imaginations
  • Crafting / soft toys: craft, make, decorate toys for fine-motor skills development and wellness of small children
  • Packing nutrition boxes: sort and fill boxes with food cans and essential cooking ingredients
  • Creating edible garden kits: create edible garden kits ready to educate, grow and feed children in need

Danny Diliberto, Ladles of Love's Founder and CEO, says, "I appeal to you as global citizens to join us in creating a better world for our children, these are our future leaders and they need our help to be the best they can be. Let's roll up our sleeves and be the change we want to see in our world by paying to spend 67 minutes in service to these little ones and enable them to grow as they should."

As a PBO, Ladles of Love is qualified to issue a section 18A Tax certificate to all individuals and companies contributing to this campaign, as every ticket of R200 is deemed a donation and will provide 40 meals for a child in need.

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