Absa urges the nation to continue fight against hunger and poverty

22 August 2011 Absa

South Africans have constantly shown their potential and willingness to improve society by eradicating the nation’s social and economic challenges that are currently faced by multitudes of people countrywide.

Annemarie Mostert, National Co-ordinator of Sešego Cares, one of Absa Bank’s charitable arms, has urged South Africans to remain personally involved in making a tangible, humanitarian, contribution as World Humanitarian Day is observed today, 19 August 2011.

“It is vital, as a country, to collectively demonstrate our humanitarian efforts to minimise the prevailing economic plight which afflict a great number of people. Statistics from the United Nations show that while 75% of South Africans have limited access to food, one in five children suffer from chronic malnutrition. Increased collective attention to support poverty-alleviation programmes can reduce poverty in the country,” she said.

She added that food and nutritional security are crucial for a decent life and a sound education. “Therefore, hunger and poverty do pose a hindrance to socio-economic upliftment in the country.”

Mostert said that there is a direct link between contributing to poverty alleviation and the attainment of the country’s Millennium Development Goals.

“Through Sešego Cares, Absa is one step closer to realising its unyielding commitment to making South Africa the best possible country in which to live, work and invest,” she stated.

With the desire and commitment to make a difference, the bank’s charitable leg pledged R15 000 in food aid to Northern Cape’s Hunger and Thirst Foundation, a charity devoted to poverty relief and community development.

“Absa’s Sešego Cares believes in helping communities reach their full potential by joining hands with key partners and working in the spirit of Ubuntu.

“As a socially responsible service provider, Absa continues to invest in various initiatives to help improve people’s lives across the country,” concludes Mostert.

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