South Africans are taking the initiative to give back, even in the toughest of times, during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, SA Indian actor, entertainer and social media influencer, Meshantan Naidoo takes on a heartwarming project, aimed at helping ordinary South Africans by spreading cheer on the streets of Midrand, north of Johannesburg during his birthday.
Taking to the social media platform, Facebook, Naidoo announced the initiative on Sunday morning. Naidoo, who turned 28 this past Sunday 12 July 2020, put out the challenge to his social media fanbase to contribute to the hamper drive. As a Johannesburg resident, Naidoo explained his sadness at the shocking situation he has come across the areas of Midrand and Centurion.
“I’m constantly driving around the Midrand and Centurion area on a daily basis, at all hours and have identified the usual and familiar individuals in the same spots begging for change… I’ve also seen people at night that are sleeping behind skips in cardboard boxes in this unpleasant GP weather. You’ve heard me say in the past, service to man is service to God. I want to now ask the followers on this page, to help me help these people I see every day that cannot feed themselves or keep themselves warm at night.”
The call for donations to the charity drive led to ordinary South Africans contributing the amazing birthday charity project. Naidoo has already started distributing the donations by loading Shoprite Gift Cards to the amount of R100 each. Taking to the streets of Midrand’s central shopping hub, Naidoo approached people handing out the gift cards.
He shared these photos on his official facebook page.
Watch as Meshantan Naidoo surprises ordinary South African with the Shoprite Gift Cards.
Impact on South Africa’s acting and entertainment industry
Meshantan Naidoo, a popular South African Indian influencer also explains, how the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown, has impacted his livelihood as an actor and entertainer.
In his Facebook post, Naidoo said, “So, the past year has been an absolute rollercoaster ride for me and just when things finally seemed like it’s getting better, LOCKDOWN.
Given the nature of the situation, I decided to refund my bookings for the calendar year and have paid roughly R45k back and still have 2 clients left to go. Anyway, as artists and performers, we depend on these bookings for our expenses and due to this pandemic, we are unable to generate income. “
He also expressed how the situation had gone from bad to worse sayings, “God helped me in a way over this nightmare of a situation so I want to now do what I can, with what I have to make a difference in someone else’s life.”
Other South African Indian influencers are also initiating positive charity drive initiatives across the country as South Africans
Source inputs: Meshantan on Facebook
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