Johannesburg: kulula.com, in partnership with Interactive Africa, will today fly 10,5 tons of aid to Somalia in a Boeing 737-200. The aid will be handed over to humanitarian organization 'Gift of the Givers' for distribution in the famine-ravaged area.
The 10,5 ton consignment will be flown by Imperial Air Cargo, kulula's air cargo partnership with the Imperial Group. The consignment includes food supplies, bottled water and other essentials. The flight is scheduled to leave from OR Tambo airport tonight at 9:30pm and arrive at the Somali capital Mogadishu at 07:00 local time where the supplies will be transported by road to the hardest hit parts of the country.
Managing Director of Interactive Africa, Ravi Naidoo, who has been spearheading calls to South African companies such as Tiger Brands, Foodcorp, Coca Cola, ABSA, eTV, Old Mutual Foundation and Sanlam Investments to join the efforts and make both monetary and food parcel contributions, says, "The acute malnutrition and death rates have surpassed famine thresholds, especially among young children. The current humanitarian response remains inadequate and reports suggest that the famine conditions are expected to persist until the end of the year. We want to bring about the slightest change and assist those in need, and we're calling on more South Africans to assist."
kulula.com joint CEO, Gidon Novick says, "We're very happy to be playing a small part in the relief effort. We're hoping this flight will be one of many more to be supported by caring South Africans. If a single life is saved it will have made this trip worthwhile."
To support further relief flights to Somalia please go to www.designindaba.com/relief-fund