Birthday bash with a difference

2019-12-10 06:00
The stalls at the event created a festive atmosphere. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee-jacobs

The stalls at the event created a festive atmosphere. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee-jacobs

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Kings Auto Parts hosted its second birthday bash on Saturday 7 December from 10:00 to 15:00.

As part of its give back to the community, Kings also raised awareness for Hannah’s Place of Safety and encouraged affiliates to donate to the organisation.

Jap Outlaws, a Toyota car club, also brought and donated goods for the organisation.

Omar Mullah, co-owner of Kings Auto Parts, says the company has been steadily growing.

“I have been in the automotive industry for the past 15 years. I had my own fitment centre and the next step, naturally, was to open an auto parts centre. There was a need for it in the community,” says Mullah.

A second branch has been opened in Steenberg recently.

In celebrating its growth, Kings Auto Parts is partnering with several community organisations to give back for the support it has received.

“We were looking for an organisation to affiliate ourselves with on a long-term basis because we want to give back to the community,” says Mullah.

“It is very professional and very well organised but it is a non-profit organisation and it needs the support of the community. As a company, we feel it is our mandate to give back to the community.”

The company also partners with the Portland Block B watch.

Janine Fabe, founder of Hannah’s Place, says she first met Mullah three months ago.

“They found us on Facebook and visited the house to see what we do,” says Fabe.

Hannah’s Place of Safety offers care and protection services for children.

“We are going to raise awareness about the organisation but also educate people on how children end up in care and protection, our role in this and people’s social responsibilities,” says Fabe.

“We do not want the children ending up at children’s homes. We want the children to end up in real homes. Whether this is them being reunited with biological family or them being taken in by foster parents. We help recruit foster care parents for the department,” says Fabe.

Fabe says it is important for everyone to be socially responsible.

“When we see someone dragging a child and spanking them, it is our responsibility to say that is not right and to talk to the mother, and if you feel you must report it to the department of social development, then you do that. That is our responsibility and (by so doing) less children will end up murdered or in care and protection,” she says.

V For more information or for an updated list of needs, visit Hannah’s Place of Safety Facebook page.

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