Centre benefits from Avbob donation

2016-07-20 06:00
FROM the left are Deon van der Berg (provincial manager, Avbob), Yolanda Marais (acting principal of the Unique Children’s Centre), Sabie Maboea (district manager: insurance, Avbob), Mark Pather (regional manager, Danone) and Desree Mokhoiting (area manager: funerals, Avbob).

FROM the left are Deon van der Berg (provincial manager, Avbob), Yolanda Marais (acting principal of the Unique Children’s Centre), Sabie Maboea (district manager: insurance, Avbob), Mark Pather (regional manager, Danone) and Desree Mokhoiting (area manager: funerals, Avbob).

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AFRICA’S largest mutual assurance society, Avbob, extended its goodwill on Nelson Mandela Day by making a worthy donation to the Unique Children’s Centre in Heidedal, Bloemfontein.

The handover of the generous donation by Avbob in the Free State took place on Monday (18/07), coinciding with Mandela’s birthday.

Avbob’s contribution came in R10 000 towards the day-care centre, sports bottles to the 350 children and blankets which were presented to each of the 16 teachers working at the Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC).

“The goodwill gesture is in line with Avbob’s community social investment, aimed at helping to improve the lives of ordinary South Africans.

“We embrace Mandela’s legacy to selflessly help the less fortunate. We chose this children’s care centre as the beneficiary to honour Mandela Day because of the good work that had been done by the principal owners, Thelma and Peter Terblanche, as community builders.

“These are very friendly and influential people in their community who devoted their time to help others and care for children within Bloemfontein. They made sacrifices and gave selflessly to help make positive differences in the society,” Desree Mokhoiting, Avbob area manager: funerals, Free State, said.

“At Avbob we believe mutual cooperation is one of our strengths and as such we collaborated with private entities, Danone Southern Africa and Premier Foods’ Blue Ribbon, as well as Dr Poly Orji, paediatrician, to celebrate Mandela Day.

“We undertook this initiative with our valued partners because we believe our mutual contribution enables us to reach even more people and make a positive difference in their lives.

“As representatives of the entities it was heart-warming to spend our 67 minutes with 350 children and treat them to a feast of nutritious refreshments, cake and beverages on the day.

“In addition, recipe booklets on homemade yogurt were also donated to the centre.

“The day-care centre is fundamental in the community because it forms the foundation of early childhood development as it caters for children from age two to gr. R,” she said.

“It was fitting to lend a helping hand to the Unique Children’s Centre and to offer much-needed support after it had lost one of its pillars, Peter Terblanche, who had died instantly in a tragic car accident which involved a truck on the N8 road. This we did in the good spirit of Ubuntu and in our effort of striving to change the world to be a better place.”

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