“Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama

The 20th March is International Day of Happiness. It is a day set aside to divert the world’s attention to just ‘being happy’.

In an attempt to spread ‘happiness’ we thought ‘what better way to commemorate this day than to spend it with the elderly community?’ They caught our attention because in most cases senior citizens are forlorn and spend days on end alone and with nothing to do.

We found an old age home called ‘Gabane House of Hope’ where the care takers visit the elderly at their homes to make sure that they are well and are generally in good spirits.

Our request to commemorate this day with Gabane House of Hope was well received and on the 17th March Choppies staff travelled through the hail storm to Gabane where 20 elderly citizens were waiting for us. We sang songs, laughed, danced  and did all we could to make sure that that day was one they would remember for a long time. We brought them a cake, fruits, juice, yogurt, face clothes, bars of soap and Choppies merchandise.

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Winston Churchill once said “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This is something Choppies prides herself with. Our CSR program has been set in place to meet the needs of Batswana and put a smile on their faces in the process and this month was no different.

The Choppies team payed Cheshire Foundation Rehabilitation Centre in Mogoditshane a visit. This centre is for disabled children. The staff there are trained to cater for all the children’s needs such as physiotherapy, special diets, psychosocial needs and so much more and hosts 25 children.

What is truly amazing about the children here is that they are such spirited children. They possess so much life and will to live even though their circumstances do not allow. When we walked into their dining hall which was our meeting place, we were welcomed by loud music and the children having the time of their lives.

For the hunt, every child was paired with an adult and they had to look for clues in and around the dining hall. The children, now all sporting Choppies t-shirts and caps had never been more ready to get started. Everyone wanted to get to the last clue first! From a distance it was as if you were watching a need for speed movie!

Once the race was done, the children were treated to sandwiches, juice, Easter eggs and loads of candy from Choppies. They were also each given a choppies mug.

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With the aim of increasing academic excellence amongst pupils, Choppies Stores has donated five computers to Borakalalo Primary School in Molepolole.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Ms Tshegofatso Molosiwa, the executive marketing officer at Choppies, explained that they believed in investing in education.

“This partnership will accord us the opportunity to continue to lend a helping hand to this school as we are passionate about education. We hope that the computers will be used effectively and contribute to academic excellence,” she said.

Ms Molosiwa noted that it was not the first time they donated to the school, adding that in 2016 they donated three computers. She urged students to study hard and aim for a 100 per cent pass rate, noting that they would be using computers for their research and projects.

“I plead with you to be obedient to your teachers and work hard to achieve good results,” she said.

For her part, the chief education officer for Kweneng region, Ms Cecelia Sunday commended Choppies for assisting the school. “Such partnerships are vital and we appreciate them very much, and we hope that the computers will be effectively used to benefit pupils and the school at large,” she said.

She further urged teachers to cherish and use the computers for their daily teaching endeavours in order to improve academic performance among pupils. The school head, Ms Mothusi Gaoforwe expressed gratitude towards Choppies for choosing to partner with them.

“We have been operating with less computers and Choppies came to our aid. We are thankful that pupils will now have the opportunity to attend computer lessons with ease as we also have Internet connection,” said Ms Gaoforwe.

“In 2017 the Primary School Leaving Examinations results were 89.9 per cent and this year we want to hit the 100 per cent mark, and with the assistance of the new computers we are sure we will manage. Each and every pupil has pledged 80 per cent target for  the end of year examinations,” she said.  ENDS

Source : BOPA Author : Orapeleng Batisane
Location : MOLEPOLOLE Event : Handover Ceremony
Date : Mar 13 Tue,2018
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How can you save in supermarkets? We’ve all been there you get to the check-out counter and find that you don’t have enough money to pay for all the items and the till operator is looking at you with the impatient glare that they have mastered. The solution to the question of how to save in supermarkets is simple. Budget! Setting a budget of how much money you are comfortable spending on groceries is the first step.
1. Setting a Budget
After your paycheck comes in, make it a point to create a budget for all the essentials i.e. bills, groceries, personal up keep, transport and if there is money left over entertainment or savings.
2. Make a list (and check it twice)
Make a list of all the things in the house that have finished. Once you’ve done that go over that list and whittle it down to necessity versus luxury. And be honest when you are doing this.
3. Research
Gather local supermarket promotional fliers (Hint: Choppies! Great Value for Your Money) and compare prices to see where you can get a better deal on the items left on your list.
Last Step
4. Grocery shopping. Armed with your list and budget you will be able to save in supermarkets guaranteed and successfully avoid that searing glare from the till operators.
Bonus Tip
If the store has their own brand of products, which Choppies does, try opting for those as they will further cut down your costs, saving you even more money!

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Repurposing deli foods is a great way to save time and prevent food from going bad. For some people packing a lunch to work or school every day can become tiresome as it adds yet another task to the daily to do list. The solution is often to buy food from the deli section at your local supermarket. Some stores, like Choppies stores, even give you different cuisines for instance Indian and Chinese food. All you have to do is add a few fresh elements, like vegetables, to create an entirely new meal.

Here are a two helpful quick meals you can throw together using Choppies deli foods to save time and to prevent food wastage.

Egg-fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 200g Deli rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 red pepper (small cubes)
  • 1 green pepper (small cubes)
  • Frozen peas (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. oil

Directions

  1. Beat egg, season with salt and pepper before setting aside
  2. In a large pan, add oil and allow to heat. Once the oil heats up add the rice. Stir -fry for about 3 – 4 minutes.
  3. Add the peas, red and green peppers into the rice to fry. Continuously stir the rice for another 3 minutes. Season rice as desired.
  4. After the 3 minutes, push the rice to one side of the pan and add the egg mixture. Leave the mixture to set (about 10-15 seconds). Use the spatula to finely scramble the egg and incorporate into the rice. Further stir-fry for about a minute more.
  5. Serve immediately.

Fried Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • Fried Chicken strips / Fried Chicken(CFC)
  • Green salad (from deli section)
  • Fresh lettuce
  • Fresh cucumber
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • ½ block of cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Shred about 1/3 of the lettuce, rinse and set aside.
  2. If you have whole fried chicken pieces, shred the chicken. If you got chicken strips, even better. Cut the chicken into small bite size pieces.
  3. From the green salad, pick out the tomato, onion and tomato. Set aside.
  4. Slice the fresh cucumber and tomato as you see fit.
  5. Cut the cheddar cheese into cubes (desired size).
  6. Toss the cheese cubes, chicken, tomato and cucumber together with the lettuce.
  7. Dress the salad with a dressing of your choice and serve.
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