Annual project supports vulnerable children

2015-04-29 06:00

THE seventh Engo For Our Children project began on 23 April at the Bloem Show.

This annual fund-raising project in which a vehicle can be won, is run by Engo, together with Volksblad’s Central Local Newspapers, Imperial GM Bloemfontein and Radio Rosestad for the benefit of Engo Free State.

This year a lucky sponsor can drive away with a Chevrolet Spark Campus worth R119 500.

The goal of this project is to generate additional funds for children in Engo Child- and Youth-care Centres, as well as children in foster care.

“We supported almost 4 000 children through this project in 2014,” Magda van Niekerk, director of professional services at Engo, said.

Engo Free State consists of six sub- programmes, which include Child and Youth-care Centres. “In 2014 the government subsidised only 26% of Engo’s total income, so this project is critical for the survival of our centres,” Jana Marx, Engo’s public relations officer and organiser of this project, said.

“Tickets cost only R20. By making this R20 donation, you are immediately entered into the Chev Spark lucky draw,” Marx continued.

When the Bloem Show ends, tickets can still be bought at all Engo Centres across the Free State, and at the information desk at Mimosa Mall.

Several promotions will be held across the Free State during the next seven months, where tickets will be sold. According to Marx, a complete promotion calender will be available soon, but key ticket stations include Bloem Show, Volksblad’s monthly food and arts market, Mimosa Mall, Ficksburg’s Cherry Festival and the Vrystaat Arts Festival.

Ticket sales close 20 November and five finalists will be drawn and announced by PwC on 11 January 2016.

The final draw function, where the winner of the Spark will be announced, will take place on 22 January 2016.

The four remaining finalists will each receive a prize worth R2 000.

De Wet Claassens, director of management support services, encourages all readers to take part in this project.

“One can just read the newspaper to become aware of the misery in the world. Please buy your ticket and strengthen our hands here at Engo to bring hope in the lives of 4 000 children.”

) For more information about the For Our Children project and the availability of tickets, call 051-407-7222 or visit

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