The social action during EuCo Antwerp 2018 was all about collaboration between European Rotaractors. Side-by-side we raised against hunger!
100 Volunteers, 2 Hours and 30.000 Meals
More than 100 volunteers, Rotaractors and Rotarians from Europe, packed 30 000 meals on 7th April during the European Rotaract Conference – EuCo – in Antwerp. We joined forces in the fight against hunger.
All members, wearing disposable gloves and white hair nets, standing at long buffet-style tables and worked with assembly-line efficiency. Working to music like “Moves Likes Jagger” we sacked rice, vegetables, soy proteins and vitamins into food bags that feed six people. The vegan meals moved down the line to be weighed, air sealed and packed into boxes. A sea of white hair nets bobbed to the beat of the DJ’s tracks, keeping time to their work pace. A gong sounded in the room every 5000 packages. After 2 hours of hard work, the food supplies had nearly run out and the countdown to the filling of the last box started. The Stop Hunger Now truck could be filled with 128 boxes containing 30.000 prepared meal bag.
We succeeded in packaging these meals for children in Zimbabwe in partnership with the non profit organisation Rise Against Hunger. The meals we packaged will be distributed to initiatives in developing countries that promote education, encourage children to attend school, improve students’ health and nutrition, address gender inequalities, and stimulate economic growth. In this way, we hope to play an essential part of the movement to end world hunger in our lifetime.
This event could not have been made possible without the financial support of several members of the Rotary family. A big thanks to the Rotaract clubs of Heist-op-den-Berg, Zottegem, Waasland, Antwerpen Noord, Brussels Coudenberg International, Mandeleie, Kortrijk, Gent Zuid, Oudenaarde, Waterloo Nivelles Braine-l’alleud, Brugge, Leuven, Hasselt, Belluno, Cadore-Cortina d’Ampezzo, Feltre PHF, Conegliano – Vittorio Veneto PHF and Treviso, as well as the Rotary club of Antwerp and the Belgian Districts 2170, 1620 and 1630.