Imagine telling a hungry child:
"Sorry, we're closed for the holidays."
During a recent visit to a primary school in Zola, it was heartbreaking to hear 10-year-old Thuli saying she doesn't like the holidays ... because it means going hungry.
If you remember hardly being able to wait for the school holidays as a child, you'll share this sadness.
But the truth is, children don't stop getting hungry just because it's not a school day.
That's why I'm hoping I can count on you to make an urgent donation to our holiday feeding scheme today.
Because, while some feeding programmes close during school holidays, we don't.
People like you help us feed children all year round.
As you can imagine, this is a huge relief to poor families who can't always afford to put food on the table.
Last year some 3 000 Gauteng school children experienced severe malnutrition. Tragically, 113 of these children died, and almost 1 500 needed medical treatment. These frightening statistics show the devastating effects of poverty on our children.
Unfortunately, the number of poor children going hungry during the school holidays is rising. Teachers say it's easy to spot them. They come back from the holidays visibly weaker - with poorer physical and mental performance.
Your gift, made today, will help to ensure that 'school holiday hunger' is a thing of the past for children like this.
So please, will you reach out to Thuli and other starving children today, by making your donation right away online - in time for the next school holidays?
Beacause when you do, you'll help to put the shine back into the holidays ... and a peanut butter sandwich and glass of milk in their stomachs!
* Name changed to protect identity.