La Fondation Serge Ibaka démarre un programme de lutte contre le Covid 19 au Brazzaville en République du Congo.
Ce programme vise à lutter contre les problèmes relatifs à l’accès aux denrées alimentaires, conséquences de cette pandémie qui touche le tissu économique du pays.
La fondation, avec l’aide de la Fondation Burotop Iris, va organiser la distribution de 80 tonnes de nourriture, susceptible d’aider 8000 familles au Brazzaville. Ces lots contiennent du riz, du sucre, du lait, de l’huile, des pâtes, de la nourriture en conserve et d’autres produits.
La première phase de la distribution débutera dans le quartier de Ouenzé avant de continuer dans d’autres zones de la ville. «Mon pays a été très touché par le Coronavirus. Même si nous n’avons pas eu autant d’infections que je ne le craignais, les conséquences économiques ont mis la population dans une situation très difficile et la fondation existe pour aider tout ces gens. Nous avons décidé de lutter contre le problème d’accès aux denrées alimentaires car c’est un besoin primaire et beaucoup de personnes n’arrivent pas à nourrir leurs familles. » commente Serge Ibaka.
La Fondation Serge Ibaka remercie Diana Attye et la Fondation Burotop Iris pour leur implication et leur soutien dans la collecte, l’organisation et la distribution des denrées.
Avec Classe is Serge Ibaka’s new show about fashion. In the second episode, Ibaka’s teammate OG Anunoby is the guest. On the show, the guest brings a special personal item to give away for charity. OG is donating his Raptors rookie jersey from when he was drafted. The raffle will benefit the Serge Ibaka Foundation. Enter now for your chance to win by clicking the link below:
Avec Classe is Serge Ibaka’s new show about fashion. On the season premiere, Ibaka’s teammate Fred Van Vleet is the guest. On the show, the guest brings a special personal item to give away for charity. Van Vleet is donating the shoes he wore on the Raptors ring night on 10/22/2019. Fred autographed the shoes during the episode, too! The raffle will benefit the Serge Ibaka Foundation. Enter now for your chance to win by clicking the link below:
On April 6th, 2019, the Serge Ibaka Foundation celebrated it’s first Fundraising Gala in Toronto. The Hotel X was the venue for a very special night, where our guests and partners were able to spend time with Serge Ibaka and learn more about our projects.
The Toronto Raptors in full were in attendance and as much as 150 Torontonians took part in the fundraising efforts, participating in the silent and liver auctions and, more importantly, discovered and supported our work.
The “Fast Break Meals” partnership with the Regent Park Community Food Center is our main program in Toronto, and it was very special to explain the project to the local community. Thousands of miles away from Toronto, our latest projects is taking shape: building a local community health center in Serge Ibaka’s hometown of Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo. Speaking to the audience in a heartfelt and honest speech, Ibaka made sure the audience understood how important it is to provide for and to give opportunities to the congolese youth.
The evening had congolese live music, good food and even a fun interview segment presented by Raptor Danny Green. But most of all, it had love all over the place. The love for supporting each other and helping the people who need it most.
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Serge Ibaka gets cooking with kids over March Break, launching a new partnership with CRC|Regent Park Community Food Centre to provide thousands of meals to those in Toronto’s downtown east.
TORONTO, March 11, 2019 – Serge Ibaka wants to inspire young people and use his profile to change the way people think about poverty, homelessness and food insecurity. The Raptors player’s foundation announces a new partnership with the CRC | Regent Park Community Food Centre to help alleviate hunger in the Regent Park neighborhood.
The FAST BREAK MEALS PARTNERSHIP includes a substantial contribution from the Serge Ibaka Foundation to support CRC’s Drop-in Meal Program, which will translate into thousands of nutritious, free meals, served in a dignified manner in CRC’s Community Hub, to people living with poverty and food insecurity in Toronto’s downtown east. CRC’s Drop-in Meal Program brings people who are struggling with food insecurity in the door, where staff can then help them access a wide range of other services, such as Food Skills and Advocacy programs. In basketball, fastbreaks are transitions, the whole team coming together to quickly change the game from defense to offense. The FAST BREAK MEALS PARTNERSHIP is focused on working as a team to overcome poverty.
Growing up poor in the Congo, Serge knows what it’s like to be hungry. He wants to inspire children and youth with his message of #anythingispossible, while making sure young people have access to the food they need to learn and grow.
To launch the partnership, Serge will be rolling up his sleeves in CRC’s community kitchen during March Break, as part of CRC’s Kids Cook and Grow program. A group of lucky children and youth from Regent Park will prepare and share a Congolese meal with Serge.
Serge’s inspiration for this partnership began during his first days as a Raptor living in Toronto. “I grew up extremely poor in the Congo and I learned what hunger and homelessness were as a child. I was surprised to see so many people living on Toronto’s streets. It was difficult to understand how poverty and hunger could exist in such a wealthy city. I felt like the Foundation had to take action and try to make an impact in Toronto’s communities.”
Serge and his Foundation chose CRC | Regent Park Community Food Centre for the FAST BREAK MEALS PARTNERSHIP because of the neighborhood’s deep need and great resilience, and CRC’s long history working alongside the residents of Regent Park to create high-impact food security, skills-building and advocacy programs. “I want to inspire children and youth living in Regent Park, by sharing my stories of growing up with very little, and how perseverance can make anything possible.”
Says CRC’s Executive Director, Claire Barcik, “We are so grateful for this truly generous gift. It’s clear to us that Serge’s interest goes way beyond helping us put healthy delicious food on plates, although this is critically important too. He understands that food insecurity arises from larger systemic issues, is complex, and that people using our food centre come from all walks of life to access a host of services and skills-building programs, become engaged, advocate for their community and build their lives. That includes children and youth, and families surviving on minimum wage.”
About the Serge Ibaka Foundation:
The Serge Ibaka Foundation wants to inspire children around the world to believe in themselves no matter how hard their circumstances are. Going through difficult times as a kid himself, Serge Ibaka is determined to help the kids of Congo, Toronto and the rest of the World through his Foundation, focusing on the issues of health and education. Partnering with established and key organizations, the Foundation takes action to make an impact on the communities and on the children that need the most help, improving their living conditions and encouraging them to use Serge Ibaka’s story as an inspiration to set goals for their lives.
About the CRC | Regent Park Community Food Centre:
CRC is an innovative, mid-sized, multi-service agency which has proudly served Toronto’s downtown east community for over 50 years. We provide innovative solutions which help residents of Regent Park and the surrounding neighborhoods enrich community well-being, improve economic conditions, realize their potential and direct their lives. Home to Regent Park’s only not-for-profit, deeply affordable supported housing, our community hub provides superb, nutritious meals, housing supports, drop-in programs, advocacy, showers and laundry services, and Taste of Regent Park, our weekly summer food festival. Our Regent Park Community Food Centre offers a suite of free high-impact programs such as Food Skills, Culinary Skills Training, Peer Advocacy, and an Urban Garden Program that supports 187 community gardens in Regent Park.
More info: http://tcrc.ca/