Local charities benefit from VW Community Trust

2016-08-25 06:00
From left are Bernie Dolley (Ikhala Trust), Noxolo Ngqangweni (Ilitha Lemfundo Educational Enhancement Centre), Vernon Naidoo (VW Community Trust), Timothy Konki (Star of Hope RFC), Mark Lawler (Ubomi Obutsha Centre), Sheldine Septoe (PE Mental Health), Mncedi Hote (NODEFA), Nomathamsanqa Sonto (Ilitha Lemfundo Educational Enhancement Centre, Sondisa Magajana (Judo Institute for People with Special Needs) and Fani Ndzingo (Komga United RFC).  Photo: SUPPLIED

From left are Bernie Dolley (Ikhala Trust), Noxolo Ngqangweni (Ilitha Lemfundo Educational Enhancement Centre), Vernon Naidoo (VW Community Trust), Timothy Konki (Star of Hope RFC), Mark Lawler (Ubomi Obutsha Centre), Sheldine Septoe (PE Mental Health), Mncedi Hote (NODEFA), Nomathamsanqa Sonto (Ilitha Lemfundo Educational Enhancement Centre, Sondisa Magajana (Judo Institute for People with Special Needs) and Fani Ndzingo (Komga United RFC). Photo: SUPPLIED

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Under the flagship Volkswagen for Good initiative, charities and community-based sporting associations have received a much-needed financial boost from the VW Community Trust.

Ikhala Trust, Ilitha Lemfundo Educational Enhancement Centre, Star of Hope RFC, Ubomi Obutsha Centre, Port Elizabeth Mental Health Society, KwaNobuhle and Despatch Football Association, Judo Institute For People With Special Needs, Komga United RFC and Wildlife Environment Society of South Africa will be sharing the R923 450 which was handed over at the Volkswagen factory in Uitenhage.

“This cheque handover forms part of the R15-million that we will be investing on CSI initiatives this year alone,” said Thomas Schaefer, Volkswagen Group South Africa Chairman and Managing Director.

“It is our hope as a company that this donation will alleviate some of the financial burdens and also uplift our community in the Metro and the Eastern Cape through the commendable work done by these organisations.”

The Volkswagen for Good initiative has a strong focus on positively impacting education, youth development, enterprise development, health, community and wellbeing.

The Despatch and Uitenhage based beneficiaries:

Ilitha Educational Enhancement Centre, based in KwaNobuhle, addresses the challenge of high failure rate of Grade 12s. In 2015, schools assisted by the centre achieved a Matric pass rate of 95% with five distinctions and 52% of those learners now qualify for University entry requirements. The late Dr Rev Gqubule won multiple awards for his excellent work in Education and the Project will continue as a legacy programme.

Star of Hope RFC was founded in 1927 and has continued to serve the youth of KwaNo-buhle, Uitenhage and surrounding areas. Their list of achievements include: 2011 - they Won Gardens RFC Easter Tournament, 2012 - the National Easter Tournament in Cape Town & Wellman Harmse Final, 2013 Promoted to Adams Cup 2014 Promoted again to Grand Challenge Shield after only one season and in 2015 were the winners of the Grand Challenge Shield League and this year they will participate in 2016 Grand Challenge Cup League.

NODEFA (KwaNobuhle and Despatch Football Association) is an association with 37 clubs, 143 teams with each having 25 players. There are 3 500 registered players with the majority based in KwaNobuhle. In 2015 achievements: Archie Dyeli - CAF B: Coaching License, Anelisa Mpenzana - National under 17 Girls team shortlisted, Wella Jacobs and Sinethemba Gqogqo: Level 6 referees and 4 Referees officiated in Multi-choice Diski Tournament (PSL Reserve League)..

Wildlife Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) has been caring for the earth for 90 years as a registered non-profit organisation. Eco-Schools Programme is an international programme implemented by the Foundation For Environmental Education. Through this VWCT funded programme, Uitenhage High School achieved an International Flag Eco-Schools Award for 2015 and R.H. Godlo Primary School bronze status.

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