NGOs benefit from ACSA

2015-08-13 06:00

Benificiary organisations from left Joette Emerton (SPCA), Robyn Andersona(Learn To Earn), Ruth Santhany(Leliebloem House), Linda Marais( TracSA), Dan Cloete, Refentse Shinners (ACSA), Lindsay Langenhoven(Living Through Learning), Mandy Shrimpton

Benificiary organisations from left Joette Emerton (SPCA), Robyn Andersona(Learn To Earn), Ruth Santhany(Leliebloem House), Linda Marais( TracSA), Dan Cloete, Refentse Shinners (ACSA), Lindsay Langenhoven(Living Through Learning), Mandy Shrimpton

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The Cape Town International Airport has once again given a much need hand-up to organisations that make a difference in various communities.

On Thursday, seven of these organisations, whose works include school based programmes, animal rights protections as well youth care ,were recipients at the annual cheque handover at Hubspace in Harare, Khayelitsha.

The organisations involved are Beyond Education-Recycle Swop Shop, where children from the community are able to bring recyclable goods and swap them for food, toiletries and other goods-animal rights protection organisation the SPCA, Maths and Science school programme TracSA, Learn To Earn, a skills development NGO, Living Through Learning, which trains educators and assists learners with literacy and studying, child care centre Lieliebloem House and business assistance organisation FoodPod will each receive a portion of the donations, which amount to just over a million rand donation.

Deborah Francis, spokesperson for the Cape Town International Airport, said that the recipients were selected for their self sufficient and sustainable projects.

“Our business is not only about airports, but also giving back to the communities, contributing towards the development and sustainability of our communities is important to us.

In this financial year we will be handing over cheques to the value of R1 322 720 to our long term beneficiaries who have been with us for a period of three to five years,” she said.

Some of the organisations have been beneficiaries for five years and their funding cycles will be coming to an end.

However Deon Cloete, Cape Town Airport general manager, is not worried as he has faith in the programmes of the organisations.

“The decision to support these organisations was based on their sound projects and while it has been a great five years, it is time for us to rope in new organisations that we can assist for the next five years, too,” said Cloete.

Cloete also emphasised the airports’ dedication to be more inclusive to the surrounding communities.

“We want to be part of the communities. This is why we see it as crucial to support organisations that improve living conditions in these areas.

We also have a few projects in lone and we want to make sure that local communities benefit by requesting suppliers to employ people from our communities,” added Cloete

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