Do you want to join us in making a difference?
We’re raising money in aid of SAVE THE WORLD CLUB to purchase 2 used vans in good condition for delivering to those in need in the New Malden, Kingston, Surbiton, Chessington and wider surrounding areas. Our aim is to buy, tax, add signage, ply line and insure both vans which will make an enormous difference to those in poverty and need in this large area, by having the capacity to collect even more surplus stock from ALDI supermarket on a daily basis for daily distribution to the vulnerable members of the community. Securing a large van will enable us to collect bigger donations ie furniture and also offer a household clearing service recycling donated items via The Circulatory.
At the beginning of the UK lockdown I was asked by Tariq Shabbeer if I would volunteer to help load and deliver food donated by ALDI on a daily basis and deliver it to needy people in the area. I agreed and have been helping Des Kay & Tariq do this every night since.
Des Kay founded SAVE THE WORLD CLUB in 1986, and it was registered as a charity (no. 1096271) in 2002. He always used his own 35 year-old van, but recently, after 15 years of charitable service, it died, leaving the SAVE THE WORLD CLUB without a good large vehicle to collect and distribute food to the vulnerable people we serve. On 19th September 2020, recognising our work and inspired by our need, Peter Lukes, MD of Wanstor (https://www.wanstor.com) a local business, donated a brand new medium sized van to SAVE THE WORLD CLUB. This new van will now enable us to maintain partnerships with all the big supermarket chains, including Aldi, Lidl, M & S, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose from whom we have been collecting surplus food for the past 12 years.
Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at ALDI UK said “We’re always looking for new and creative ways to put leftover food from our stores to good use. Our partnership with SAVE THE WORLD CLUB is enabling us to distribute even more surplus stock to those who need it.”
Since 2019 SAVE THE WORLD CLUB has provided more than 30,000 meals to those most in need in the area. It tackles both food waste and poverty. This charity operates on a volunteer basis – no salaries are paid and each individual volunteer covers his/her own expenses. Des now drives our new electric van, but at present all volunteers are using their own vehicles, which limits both the collection and the distribution.
We could make wonderful use of both a LARGE & SMALL VAN to facilitate an expanded central collection and distribution which of course will mean more help for families and individuals in need.
Please help us by donating. Donations are eligible for Gift Aid, but best of all you, the donor, will know that you will help augment and even participate in the joy, love and respect given to the volunteers by the grateful receivers of the much-needed distributions.
- Emily Sharratt
- Caroline McLannahan
- Catherine Black
- Frances Andrew (S4K)
- Jim Bailey