Isuzu supports IRONMAN 4 the Kids project in township

2018-05-30 06:01
Isuzu Motors South Africa’s Gishma Johnson starts digging the first building trench in preparation for the creche construction. Supporting her are Gary Stephenson (left) and Mike Glover (right). Sharing the momentous occasion are back from left, Wandile Gxekwa, chairperson of the Walmer Area Committees, Luvuyo Nose, Sakhasonke Village committee chairperson, Nolitha Ngada, Sakhasonke Village resident, Andile Dulwana, the builder, Ayanda Tyokwana,Ward 4 councillor, and Loyiso Cengane, community member.                          Photo:SUPPLIED

Isuzu Motors South Africa’s Gishma Johnson starts digging the first building trench in preparation for the creche construction. Supporting her are Gary Stephenson (left) and Mike Glover (right). Sharing the momentous occasion are back from left, Wandile Gxekwa, chairperson of the Walmer Area Committees, Luvuyo Nose, Sakhasonke Village committee chairperson, Nolitha Ngada, Sakhasonke Village resident, Andile Dulwana, the builder, Ayanda Tyokwana,Ward 4 councillor, and Loyiso Cengane, community member. Photo:SUPPLIED

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PROVIDING sustainable solutions through solid partnerships is fundamental to Isuzu Motors South Africa’s (IMSAf) business philosophy.

Based on this philosophy, Isuzu ChildLife Foundation and IMSAf has donated R400 000 to the IRONMAN 4 the Kidz Charity Trust to build a crèche in Walmer township.

Situated next to the Sakhasonke Village in Walmer township, the creche would provide much-needed space to a current crèche owner operating from her home, providing care to 27 children between the ages of six months and five years. The new building would be big enough to accommodate a total of 50 children.

IMSAf’s corporate communications manager, Gishma Johnson, said Isuzu had a longstanding partnership with the triathlon organisers, which started eight years ago.

“We are very excited to partner with the trust on the building of the crèche, since this is a legacy project that fits in perfectly with our corporate social responsibility goals of adding value to the community in a sustainable manner,” Johnson said.

Touch Africa trustee, Mike Glover, said Touch Africa would ensure that this initiative was sustainable and measurable.

“The creche will also be built by artisans residing in Walmer Township and will create employment for at least 10 labourers during the eight-week build. Isuzu has had a long relationship with Touch Africa, who, over the last five years,have built 45 libraries and five crèches and Isuzu has played a major role in the delivery of materials and books,” Glover said.

Speaking at the official sod-turning, IRONMAN 4 the Kidz trustee and co-founder Gary Stephenson said the plan was for the 70m2 crèche building, which would consist of a classroom, kitchen, veranda and bathroom, to be completed by August this year.

“This creche is situated on the route of the cycling leg of the triathlon and it is important for us to leave a legacy of the continent’s biggest challenge. The aim is to have the building completed in time for the IRONMAN World Champs,” Stephenson said.

This year is a busy year for the friendly city, with a second IRONMAN event, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, taking place in Port Elizabeth - the first city on the African continent to host the highly competitive competition.

“We would like to show these athletes what we are doing in the country for the children, through the help of the IRONMAN fraternity and generous corporate sponsors, such as Isuzu,” Stephenson said.

IRONMAN 4 the Kidz has this year exceeded its target to collect R2.2 million for the various charity organisations they support. The trust has been in existence for 14 years and has distributed over R17.2 million to a wide range of beneficiaries.

Similarly, the Isuzu ChildLife Foundation, a partnership between IMSAf and the dealer network, has successfully supported 67 underprivileged child-focused projects across South Africa in the past eight years.

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