By receiving a lunchbox with a single Chappie inside as a symbolic gift, the attendees were challenged with the thought:
“What are we prepared to give hungry children in South Africa”.
Many feeding schemes pride themselves that they can give a meal for less than 50c. Ironically, nowadays a single square of chappies bubble gum costs around 60c.
The message was clear. How do you and I go about the reality of feeding hungry people? During the French Revolution, when being told that her French subjects had no bread, Queen Marie Antoinette supposedly sniffed, “Qu'ils mangent de la brioche”—“Let them eat cake.” With that callous remark, the queen became a hated symbol of the decadent monarchy and fuelled the revolution that would cause her to (literally) lose her head.
230 years later some are happy to hand out chappies. But not all of us!
Almost 2000 years prior to this event, Jesus taught his disciples through the parable of the sheep and goats (Matt 25:31-46) how significant an issue this is:
42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
At the Inani StartWell Foundation our mission is to make sure that the least will be given the best.