Many people are used to racing down the aisles of the supermarket with their trolleys, grabbing items as they race along.
But at 6pm on July 17, two teams dashed through Pick n Pay Hyper at Greenstone Shopping Centre for charity.
This 6.7 minute Trolley Dash of Hope was in preparation for Mandela Day on July 18, the day on which people worldwide celebrate the icon’s life by donating their time and efforts to make the world a better place.
Ward 32 Clr Bongani Nkomo, speaking about Mandela Day initiatives, urged community members to donate towards food drops for the disadvantaged residents from Alexandra, Linbro Park and Klipfonteinview.
Greenstone Shopping Centre falls into this ward and heeded the call by running an online competition, giving their shoppers the opportunity to participate in the Trolly Dash of Hope.
The two teams chosen were Kim Cooke and Micaela Herb in team Blondes Have More Run and Caylee Harman-Vosloo and Anthony Vosloo in The Wolfpack.
The Trolley Dash teams raced against the clock to fill their trolleys with R6 700 worth of groceries for those in need.
The Wolfpack was declared the winners, having collected 47 items from their shopping list.
The winning team pocketed vouchers worth R2 250 sponsored by Pick n Pay, Woolworths and Greenstone Shopping Centre.
The groceries collected during the trolley dash were donated to the Sir Alfred Health and Elderly Care charity and were handed over to the beneficiary on Mandela Day.
The value of the groceries symbolises the 67 minutes of their time people donate to charity on this day.
“The values of compassion and inclusivity embraced by Nelson Mandela are even more reliant today. We need to come together as a community to support those who need it the most,” said Jacqui Bloom, marketing manager at Greenstone Shopping Centre.
Sir Alfred Health and Elderly Care is a NPO that was established for the improvement of the lives of old aged persons, specifically disadvantaged people.
The organisation has a strong vision of providing social support for the elderly and one of their principles is to foster daily hope and courage.
They do this through fellowship activities, recreational facilities, mental support and many more.
They also try to give the elderly access to quality health care and support them with hygienic issues.