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Tetra Pak’s annual Milk for Change campaign to raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of long life milk and donate portions of long life milk to children in underprivileged communities in partnership with non-profit Feed SA has already exceeded expectations as the campaign heads into its final 10 days.

Milk for Change has already reached an audience of 5,66 million South Africans and delivered 140 000 servings as the push via the SMS line (“Milk for Change” to 40380) and i-Pay (via milkforchange.co.za) reaches its climax.

“We raised 35 000 litres of long life milk,” says Liesl Gruber, marketing director at Tetra Pak South Africa. “And this campaign has already shown me that South Africans are a can-do nation. While the world and our own country are beset by technology-driven business disruption and economic uncertainty, ordinary people are getting on with looking after one another where it matters. We’re proud to be playing a role in making a better future a reality for all South Africans, starting with the children.”

Milk for Change announced its intermediate success at an event in Alexandra to hand over collected milk to Feed SA on August 8, 2017.

Genevieve Nathan, director of FEED SA, says: “As a non-profit, we cannot survive without the help of communities and corporates that help us get the tens of thousands of rands per month we need to give our kids the most important meal of the day – breakfast. We know that children cannot achieve their full academic potential, the key to their future success, without a nutritional, balanced breakfast, the most important meal of the day, which is why #MilkForChange resonates so strongly with our own vision. It is not easy growing up in Alexandra or being one of the nine million South Africans who don’t get the food they need each day, but with the long life milk from the #MilkForChange campaign we can make sure it’s not quite so hard.”

Tetra Pak South Africa MD, John Strömblad, says: “Milk for Change is an integral component of Tetra Pak’s commitment to the cycle of innovation surrounding the sustainable benefits of milk. Tetra Pak‘s focus is on protecting what’s good. The nutritional benefits of long life milk during the formative years of a child’s life are crucial elements to protecting our futures by promoting sustainable education at grass roots level in our communities.”

“We introduced new mechanics this year,” says Gruber. “The SMS lines made it easy for people to donate R20, i-Pay contributed to the success of EFT donations via the Web, and Spartan Truck Hire once more stepped in to assist delivering donated long life milk cartons to Feed SA’s warehouse. Schools and corporates also brought in healthy donations considering the limited number we were able to get on board in a relatively short timeframe.

“We also learned that schools are a crucial factor in the success of campaigns like this. School children are the conscience of our country, of the communities, they see through the clutter and strive to make a difference where it impacts most. Our message resonates strongly with them because we're directly benefitting their peers.”

#MilkForChange? Yes, long-life milk is a great source of the vitamins, minerals and proteins children need to grow up strong and healthy. Because Tetra Pak understands that many families around South Africa lack essential nutrients in their diets due to factors beyond their control, we are launching a nationwide initiative called #MilkForChange, an initiative that provides the goodness of long life milk to underprivileged South African families who lack a nutrient rich diet.

Tetra Pak invites you to help make a difference in their lives.

#MilkForChange is now entering its second year of addressing undernourishment, running from 25 May right up till World Milk Day on 1 June 2017. Brand ambassador and comedian David Kau is also on board promoting healthy, safe nutrition for our children with the goodness available in each convenient and safe long-life milk carton… all powered by your SMS messages!

Schools, corporates, and South African citizens are invited to donate to the cause by sending an SMS: each “#MilkForChange” SMS sent to 40384 means an extra R20 to buy cartons of long-life milk which FEED SA will deliver to these communities around South Africa.

The #MilkForChange campaign was launched in 2016 when it raised 60 000 litres of long life milk, which helped feed 80 000 children. We need your help to beat this target in 2017!

#MilkForChange 2017 will be launched at Shine Studios on 25th May. This exclusive Wear White event, hosted by comedian David Kau will be attended by the cream of the milk industry and the press. At the event, a video of David going to Home Affairs and changing his surname from Kau to Cow in support of the #MilkForChange initiative will be broadcast. This video will be used on social media to promote the campaign and encourage donations. At the event, guests will be encouraged to make a difference by SMSing “Milk For Change” to 40384 or to make a pledge towards the initiative.

On the 1st of June 2017, which falls on World Milk Day, everyone is invited to wear white to show their support for #MilkForChange. Once again, schools, corporates and consumers will be invites to wear participate by sending an SMS to donate to the cause of healthy, safe nutrition for underprivileged communities. Life-size cash cows will be delivered to the respective schools and corporates where all the donations will be collected on the relevant day. All proceeds go towards #MilkForChange.

The nominated campaign brand Ambasador is David Kau who will be changing his name to David Cow. David is available for limited media interviews. John Strömblad and Liesl Gruber from Tetra Pak are also available for media interviews.

About John Strömblad

John Strömblad, MD of Tetra Pak Southern Africa is a 30-year Tetra Pak veteran who has risen through the ranks. He joined Tetra Pak in 1986 straight from Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. Throughout the years, he has held various senior positions in several countries including Singapore, Switzerland, Romania, Venezuela and Panama.

His last two positions were those of Managing Director of Tetra Pak South Korea and Cluster Leader Sales Management for Cluster Greater China, based in Shanghai. He’s been based in South Africa for the past 2 years and has brought a great deal of experience and knowledge that is driving this Market to the next level.

John was educated in Sweden at the Stockholm School of Economics as well as the University of Stockholm.

John Strömblad

About Liesl Gruber

Liesl Gruber, Marketing & Portfolio Manager of Tetra Pak Southern Africa has enjoyed a fruitful 9-year journey at Tetra Pak thus far. She joined Tetra Pak in 2008 and throughout the years, has held various positions within Marketing and Sales.

Her current role as Marketing and Portfolio Manager has afforded her the opportunity to spear head an incredible and fulfilling initiative such as Milk for Change.

Liesl has graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Commerce and also holds a Higher Diploma in Business Management.

Liesl Gruber

About Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with their customers and suppliers, they provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. With more than 23,000 employees based in over 80 countries, they believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Their motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™," reflects their vision to make food safe and available, everywhere.

About Feed SA

FeedSA, a non-profit organisation founded in 1994, runs feeding programmes in townships for children who do not receive government grants. The organisation feeds almost 6 000 children daily.

About David Kau

David Kau is a 32 year old leading South African comedian. Born and raised in Kroonstad, he rose to fame in 1998 as the first black stand-up comedian in the Smirnoff Comedy Festival in Cape Town. The only black person on stage out of 44 comics. He studied the performing arts at the University of Cape Town followed by performing the Rainbow Nation Tour, his first one-man show. From 2001 David appeared in many sketches on TV show, The Phat Joe Show only to leave the Mother city for Johannesburg where he performed in Heavyweight Comedy Jams from 2000 and Comedy Black Out in 2002 till 2004. David Kau, currently has high profile Social Accounts boasting 94,950 followers on Facebook, 654,9K followers on Twitter, with a gender following of men at 54% and closely behind women at 46%. His overall age range of active followers are between the ages of 18 – 35 with his largest demographic following from the City Of Gold, Johannesburg.

For all media enquiries and interview requests please contact: Helen Holyoake at Helco Promotions on Tel (082) 452 9488 or email helen@helco.co.za

David Kau