Help fill a Volkswagen Caddy with nappies

2017-06-15 06:01
Donate a pack of nappies in aid of Timion in Jeffreys Bay this June. Donating the first two packs of nappies are Dirk Ellis Dealer Principal Herselman (middle) and award-winning Mastercars Sales Manager Werner Olivier (second right). With them are Seraina Liechti, Nolubabalo Notemele, Daniel Meyer, Karlien van der Linde, Hannah Wood and Oswald Dzinamarira from Timion.                                                    Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

Donate a pack of nappies in aid of Timion in Jeffreys Bay this June. Donating the first two packs of nappies are Dirk Ellis Dealer Principal Herselman (middle) and award-winning Mastercars Sales Manager Werner Olivier (second right). With them are Seraina Liechti, Nolubabalo Notemele, Daniel Meyer, Karlien van der Linde, Hannah Wood and Oswald Dzinamarira from Timion. Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

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DON’T be a wet nappy, donate a pack or two for a good cause.

Dirk Ellis Volkswagen in Jeffreys Bay is appealing to all businesses and community members to help them fill the Timion VW Caddy with nappies for children with cerebral palsy this June.

This initiative, that kicks off today, forms part of Dirk Ellis’ Corporate Social Investment Drive - the #nappydrive.

Timion, a Christian humanitarian organisation based in Jeffreys Bay, is a loyal client of Dirk Ellis.

Dirk Ellis Marketing Manager Werner van Wyk says, “Timion does wonderful work in the community. They help children with cerebral palsy by manufacturing and providing wooden equipment to meet their individual needs. They fit the equipment, instruct the carers and encourage the families through therapists giving home visits.

“After visiting their workshop, we at Dirk Ellis wanted to know how we can assist them. And so the #nappydrive was born.

“Instead of just giving money, we also create much-needed awareness.”

Donations can be dropped off at Dirk Ellis.

Timion

Timion, works with over 500 marginalised children living with Cerebral Palsy in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Addo. They help these children by providing equipment that supports and improves their physical needs, but more importantly, they love them as God loves them..

According to Hannah Wood from Timion, cerebral palsy affects body movement, and muscle control and coordination - all of which are required for the development of bladder control. “Unfortunately some of the children never develop bladder control and have to wear nappies their whole life,” says Wood.

“On average, a child will use five nappies a day. At a cost of R5 a nappy and R10 for adult nappies, the monthly expense will average between R750 and R1 500 - a heavy financial burden for a family that is already struggling to make ends meet.

“With 350 of the 500 children we work with being incontinent, the need is huge. Some 93 packs of 48 nappies monthly, could help approximately 30 families.”

The nappies will be distributed among the most needy families in the areas they serve.

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