- Former skincare and casino tycoon Solly Krok is aiming to raise R108-million to help the poor
- Krok decided on the lofty target as the number 18 symbolises life and good things in Jewish tradition
- The 91-year-old madala has partnered with Afrika Tikkun and Siyakhana to achieve the ambitious goal
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Former skincare and casino tycoon Solly Krok has been followed by controversy in his younger years while making his millions.
Krok and his brother accrued their wealth through their skin-lightening products and eventually founded Gold Reef Resorts Limited, The Golden Horse Casino and Mykonos Casino.
In his senior years, Krok has become known as a generous philanthropist and built a school in Soweto.
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Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, Krok has set himself an ambitious target of raising R108-million to help those in need.
The new venture called "Keep the Wolf from the Door" will initially involve food parcels, but will aim to build sustainable food banks.
News 24 reported that Krok derived the target of 108, as the number 18 represents life and good things in Jewish culture.
Kok said, "It's of great concern for me to see the increased poverty that has mushroomed overnight as people are not able to work or support their families. The sad thing is that before the pandemic a large portion of the South African population was already poor and sadly, even after the pandemic is quelled by the discovery of a vaccine and medication, the poor will still be poor."
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To achieve the objective, Krok has teamed up with Afrika Tikkun and Siyakhana.
Briefly.co.za learnt that he was inspired by the deeds of Tom Moore, who raised R840-million for chairty in the UK.
Part of the plans include a symbolic 91km walk, which Krok aims to complete by June 4.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that a local lady is doing her part to help those negatively impacted by the lockdown.
After receiving numerous requests from hungry South Africans, she decided to be more pro-active in assisting.
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