Blanket challenge to ‘drive’ cold away

2018-06-14 06:01
=Automark at Toyota Uitenhage has challenged fellow businesses and the public to support their Winter Knights blanket project. Seen above are Dewald Oelofse, André Alberts, Monique Gerber, Conrad van Rooyen and Eben van Rooyen.                   Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

=Automark at Toyota Uitenhage has challenged fellow businesses and the public to support their Winter Knights blanket project. Seen above are Dewald Oelofse, André Alberts, Monique Gerber, Conrad van Rooyen and Eben van Rooyen. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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ICY cold and wet winter weather mean put on those warm clothes, get out your blanket, stay indoors and switch on the heater!

Unfortunately not all are fortunate to enjoy those luxuries. The skimpily dressed homeless people of Uitenhage and Despatch have no choice other than to face the winter cold without what most take for granted.

At Automark Uitenhage, four staff members are driving a campaign, collecting blankets and clothing, in an effort to help those left to sleep under the stars. This is in line with Toyota South Africa’s Knights philosophy to set an example of being balanced professionals in their working environments, community, social and environmental activities.

Dewald Oelofse from Automark at Toyota Uitenhage said, “What is different this year is that we have identified fellow businesspersons and now challenge them also to donate blankets towards our project.”

The local businesses challenged to donate blankets include: Auto Works (Johan “Vingers” Jonker), EME Systems (Tony Erasmus), Chris Auto Body Works (Chris Botha), Crack Logic (Ugen Singh), Auto Trimmers (David Lumley), Speed-O-Rama (Nico Klue) and Henk’s Car Wash (Henk Hurter).

“All blankets received we hand-out personally by driving through the streets late at night, looking for the homeless and then handing them the blankets. It is an emotional experience and makes you realize how blessed you are to go back to the comfort of your home,” said Oelofse.

The public is also challenged please to support this project by donating blankets. They can be delivered at Automark or at any of the above “challenged” businesses.

Oelofse is joined in this initiative by colleagues Conrad van Rooyen, André Alberts, Monique Gerber and Eben van Rooyen.

  • Enquiries: Dewald Oelofse 041 922 9884.

The local businesses challenged to donate blankets include: Auto Works (Johan “Vingers” Jonker), EME Systems (Tony Erasmus), Chris Auto Body Works (Chris Botha),

Crack Logic (Ugen Singh), Auto Trimmers (David Lumley), Speed-O-Rama (Nico Klue) and Henk’s Car Wash (Henk Hurter).

“All blankets received we hand-out personally by driving through the streets late at night, looking for the homeless and then handing them the blankets. It is an emotional experience and makes you realize how blessed you are to go back to the comfort of your home,” said Oelofse.

The public is also challenged to please support this project by donating blankets. It can be delivered at Automark or at any of the above “challenged” businesses.

Oelofse is joined in this initiative by colleagues Conrad van Rooyen, André Alberts, Monique Gerber and Eben van Rooyen.

)For more information call Dewald Oelofse on 041 922 9884.

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