Funding transforms children’s lives

2018-05-23 06:01
Shandor Potgieter and Drene du Plessis of Engen Libra with the learners of the Tjhabelang Primary School.Photo: Supplied

Shandor Potgieter and Drene du Plessis of Engen Libra with the learners of the Tjhabelang Primary School.Photo: Supplied

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The Tjhabelang Primary School in the farming hub of Bainsvlei near Bloemfontein has received a short in the arm in help in funding to sustain the learners’ education.

Engen Libra Motors, in line with its corporate social investment policy, has committed a sponsorship worth R60 000 towards daily transport for the 125 learners enrolled at the school.

This is in addition to essential donations that include clothes and food.

The energy company isinvolved as one of the partners who is committed to positively improving the well-being of the learners.

“It costs around R35 000 a year to educate one learner at the school, so they really need all the help they can get,” said Drene du Plessis of Engen Libra.

“In addition, as part of the community partnership programme, Engen donated an additional R5 000 to the school. We also started a forecourt collection campaign in November last year through which customers donate R2 to their basket.

“This money is then dona­ted to the school and, to date, R2 500 has been raised. Through this project, we help to transform child­ren’s lives,” she said.

“The most amazing thing is that the entire community pulls together and contri­butes in any which they can, which is very positive and uplifting.”

The company works closely with Shandor Potgieter, project manager of the school and presenter at the OFM radio station.

Potgieter has been involved for over 11 years.

“We are so grateful for their incredible support. I believe that giving back to the local community is the right thing to do,” said Potgieter.

“We are conscious of our need to build and maintain a credible profile as a responsible corporate citizen,” said Adhila Hamdulay, Engen’s corporate social investment manager.

“We are therefore committed to conducting business in a manner that uplifts the economic, social and environmental needs of the communities in which we operate.”


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