Car men want to ‘drive’ away the cold

2016-06-16 06:00
;Algoa Toyota Dewald Oelofse (Automark Manager Knight) and aspirant Knights Ben Zeilinga (Finance Services) and Robert Slabbert (New Vehicle Sales).     Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

;Algoa Toyota Dewald Oelofse (Automark Manager Knight) and aspirant Knights Ben Zeilinga (Finance Services) and Robert Slabbert (New Vehicle Sales). Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Icy cold and wet weather conditions mean: get out those warm clothing and blankets, stay indoors and switch on the heater! But, the skimpily dressed homeless people have no choice other than to face the winter cold without any of those luxuries.

At Algoa Toyota Uitenhage, three 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, Automark manager and Knight at Algoa Toyota Uitenhage said, “We hand-out these blankets ourselves, by driving through the streets late at night, looking for the homeless and then giving them blankets.

“It is quite an emotional experience. It makes you realize how blessed you are. Especially when we spend some time chatting to the homeless people.

“We urge the public to support this project by donating blankets. They can be dropped off at our show room or we will gladly collect. We also challenge other dealerships to do the same. Together we can make a difference in our community.”

The donated clothing will be dropped off at Solidarity’s offices in support of their projects.

Oelofse is joined in this initiative by colleagues and aspirant Knights, Robert Slabbert and Ben Zeilinga. The Toyota Knights, with a committed programme of self-development, play an important role in the development of an improved customer experience, exemplifying true customer orientation through care and action by total commitment to the Toyota way.

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

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