THE country’s leading poultry producer, Irvine’s Zimbabwe donated 6 000 eggs to Derbyshire Primary School in Waterfalls as it celebrated World Egg Day on Friday.
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.
The annual event honours the unique benefits eggs bring to people of all ages and was established in Vienna, Austria, in 1996 by stakeholders in the poultry industry.
Speaking during the commemoration in Harare yesterday, Irvine’s commercial director Anele Zunga said the donation to the school will see every learner getting three dozens of eggs in line with this year’s theme.
“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 to 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 6 000 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 everyday,’” Zunga said.
“This theme emphasises the importance of eggs in our daily nutrition and encourages people to include an egg in their daily diet.
“Owing to their broad range of nutrients, eggs are a healthy, nutritious and affordable part of the diet for people at all stages of life, including growing teenagers, pregnant and lactating women, the elderly, and infants, particularly those in nutritionally vulnerable areas.”
Zunga said Irvine’s will continue playing a leading role in the poultry industry in Zimbabwe and promote healthy eating especially among children.
“Our mandate is to change lives in Zimbabwe and Africa at large by producing affordable protein. On a weekly basis, we produce over 4,8 million eggs.
“Days like World Egg Day remind us of our mission and vision, and we shall do whatever we can, to make eggs available to the populace,” Zunga said.
This comes as the company officially opened its new one-stop Farm Fresh shop at Derbyshire — a move which was meant to meet the rising demand of Irvine’s products.