Irvines one of the biggest egg and chicken produce in the country has donated 6000 eggs to Derbyshire Primary School in Waterfalls as a way of celebrating world egg day.
World egg day, a global event celebrated on the second Friday of October every year, is a day set aside to honour the unique contribution eggs make to supporting people around the world. It was established in Vienna, Austria in 1996.
Anele Zunga, Irvine Commercial Director said “In the past years, we have celebrated this special day with children’s care centres, old people’s homes and other needy members of the society, but this year, because of the pandemic, we saw it fit not go far from home. As the adage goes, charity begins at home. To mark the 25th anniversary of World Egg Day, we are giving away more than 6000 eggs to children and staff members at Derbyshire Primary school. Eggs are an essential nutrient provider for children.
Each child will have at least half a dozen to go and enjoy with his or her family in line with this year’s global theme that says “EAT YOUR EGG TODAY AND EVERY DAY.” This theme emphasizes the importance of eggs in our daily nutrition and encourages people to include an egg in their daily diet,” he said.
He added that as the poultry producer in Zimbabwe, their mandate is to change lives in Zimbabwe and Africa at large by producing affordable protein.
Meanwhile, Henry Mutisi, Education Inspector Highglen District expressed gratitude over the donation made by Irvines.
“The donation of 6000 eggs to Derbyshire Primary School is not only a sign that Irvine`s is in support of nutritional value in particular to the children and their families. We are also delighted to have organisations remember the need to have a healthy child in class so as to make sure they concentrate on their education.
“We are delighted that Irvine`s has engaged the children in today`s commemoration, we also appreciate that they are standing with the school and making sure we grow future leaders who will one day occupy and drive the nation forward,” he said.
Last year, Irvine’s commemorated this day with a donation of 3000 eggs and 100kgs of frozen chicken to Kudakwashe Children’s home located in Southlea Park in Harare.
Eggs are popular for their vast health benefits. They contain 13 essential nutrients, including choline, which supports foetal brain development; vitamin B12 and iron for child growth and overall brain function; and iodine, which aids the healthy functioning of the nervous system and maintains healthy skin. This unique range of qualities means that eggs are an ideal choice for all different kinds of lifestyle as well as age, from athletes to academics.
Along with their nutritional value, eggs are the most environmentally sustainable and affordable animal-source protein available, helping support families around the world as well as the planet itself.