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December 6: Hamper fund reaches its target

The Star Hamper fund hand-outs kicked off yesterday at the Norwood Spar when manager Tony Zourides gave The Johannesburg Children’s home (TJCH) R5 000 in Spar vouchers.

Narisha Govender, managing director of TJCH was thrilled that the orphanage, Joburg’s oldest charity, would benefit from the Festive season cheer.

“ On Christmas day we plan to have a pool party and cook some special meals. The kids, a handful of 20 to 25 who will be there on the day, will have crackers and presents- all the trimmings,’ said Govender.

TJCH is home to 60 choldren from abused and neglected backgrounds, many of whom are also HIV positive. Govender said this was a particularly exciting time of year for the children. They would be receiving their reporst from a total of 21 schools they attend throughout Joburg.

The home has become engaged in tertiary education programmes which allows the kids to stay longer than the legislated 18 years. They have also recently introduced a driving skills programme, from which two of their charges have graduated.

“Having money to spend at Spar will help make this a Christmas to remember,” said Govender.

Spar partnered with the Star in 2013 to ensure that 30 needy organisations could receive Christmas vouchers and the fund could achieve their goal of providing R 150 000 worth in food aid to orphanages, old-age homes and shelters in the city. The balance of the funding was generated thanks to Star readers.

“We are very pleased that our subscribers and readers have assisted at this special time of the year, but huge thanks goes to Spar for their generous support of this well-established Christmas tradition of blessing deserving organisations at this time of year,” said Barbara McGorian, the Star’s marketing manager.

November 4: Spar come on board to help the star Hamper fund reach their Christmas target

The Star Christmas hamper fund has set itself the ambitious task of handing out R150 000 worth of food vouchers this Christmas season. Spar have pledged a donation of R75 000 and The Star is calling on readers to match this and stand a chance to win one of 8 two-night stays at a Tsogo Sun resort.

“Spar have come on board with a whopping R75 000 donation and the Hamper Fund would like to double that to turn a dreary Christmas into a cheery one,” said Barbara Mcgorian, marketing manager at the Star.

Traditionally, the charity delivers food buckets filled with non-perishable foodstuffs to chosen recipients. This year, vouchers will be given to the beneficiary organisations which can be redeemed at Spar stores around Gauteng for food and other much needed items like toiletries and cleaning products.

“The festive season is a time of joy and giving and as we celebrate Christmas, we appeal to our readers to once again open their hearts and make this time of year truly memorable for the people we help. The beneficiaries cherish the donations and we intend putting more smiles on the faces of disadvantaged people,” said Makhudu Sefara, Editor of the newspaper.

Orphanages, retirement homes, church welfare organisations and shelters are among the chosen recipients of the hamper fund, which has been going since 1985. Each applicant is vetted and needs assessed before receiving hand-outs and this year the Star will deliver vouchers to the value of R5000 to 30 different organisations.

Look out for our barometer, published throughout the festive season, showing the accumulated total as it edges up to the target of R150 000.

To make a donation, sms Star (space) HAMPER followed by your name and surname to 45607 and we will call you back within 72 hours to get your details.

Sms’s charged at R1,50. Terms and conditions apply. Or you can call Damaris on 011 633 2541. 

Any donation will stand a chance of winning one of 8 two-night bed and breakfast stays at a Tsogo resort in South Africa, valued at R5000. the draw will take place during the first week of January.


The month before Christmas is the busiest time for the hamper fund as hundreds of food parcels are given out to homes, orphanages and day shelters. In 2012, 1500 buckets filled with non-perishable food were given out around Johannesburg, amounting to a R15000 spent on food hand-outs.