Company warms hearts with donations

2016-06-22 06:00
PICTURED during the Transnet handover are from the left, front: Anna Snyders, Elizabeth Mckay and Mavis Moitse, (beneficiaries), with Kelebogile Mogoiwa, Deriree Phetlho and Denise Yaso of Transnet; back: Elizabeth Kohler and Irene Fedzi-George of the Building a Future Youth Centre, Gerald Begoor (beneficiary), Kwazi Mabaso (Transnet asset manager), James Tembu (Transnet) and Lesiba Ramatlhodi (Transnet depot engineer). Photo: Boipelo Mere

PICTURED during the Transnet handover are from the left, front: Anna Snyders, Elizabeth Mckay and Mavis Moitse, (beneficiaries), with Kelebogile Mogoiwa, Deriree Phetlho and Denise Yaso of Transnet; back: Elizabeth Kohler and Irene Fedzi-George of the Building a Future Youth Centre, Gerald Begoor (beneficiary), Kwazi Mabaso (Transnet asset manager), James Tembu (Transnet) and Lesiba Ramatlhodi (Transnet depot engineer). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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TRANSNET FREIGHT RAIL KIMBERLEY warmed the hearts of many in the community of De Beershoogte in Barkly-West when they presented a winter donation on Friday, 10 June.

The donation of clothes, shoes and blankets, that were supplied by Transnet employees, were presented to the Barkly-West Building a Future (BAF) Youth Centre.

A total of three boxes and two black plastic bags filled with clothes and shoes for both adults and children were delivered.

According to Sandile Simelane, Transnet Freight Rail spokesperson, the donation was part of their winter campaign for which employees collected over a period of a month.

She explained that the centre had been identified following their vulnerability after being hit by floods at various times during heavy downpours over the past two years.

“The floods caused a lot of damage and most of the community members lost their valuables. Up until today, some of the members are still struggling to pick up the pieces,” added Solani.

They applauded the BAF centre for the vital role that it plays in uplifting the entire community in De Beershoogte.

On top of getting young children off the streets, it has dedicated every Friday towards offering a home-cooked meal to the elderly people and young children in its vicinity.

The centre also offers peer-leading-peer leadership programmes that promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills and reasserting hope in the future of these young people.

Its vision is to create a holistic, dynamic and diverse culture that provides opportunities through training, education monitoring, coaching and relationship building to strengthen young minds.

According to Irene Fedzi-George, the founder of the centre, it was overwhelming for her to know that there were people who cared so much about the poor.

“We are most thankful because it is winter time and some of the families are still struggling to come to terms with the results of previous disasters,” she added.

The employees also took time to visit the premises where the centre dishes up meals for the elderly, where their hearts were warmed by seeing the beneficiaries.

According to Fedzi-George, they have already handed the clothes to the elderly and children as they needed them.

Transnet Freight Rail employees who contributed further pledged their commitment to continue helping in the future.

They expressed their willingness to help as many people as possible who genuinely needed assistance, “especially in our operational areas”.

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