VW ‘invests’ millions in Metro’s people

2015-12-10 06:00
=Vernon Naidoo, Volkswagen Community Trust (fourth from right) celebrates with the local charities representatives. The charities shared the fourth cheque disbursed by the Volkswagen Community Trust this year. Photo: VWSA

=Vernon Naidoo, Volkswagen Community Trust (fourth from right) celebrates with the local charities representatives. The charities shared the fourth cheque disbursed by the Volkswagen Community Trust this year. Photo: VWSA

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The Volkswagen Community Trust’s financial support of seven local charities ensures that they can continue serving the Nelson Mandela Bay community at large.

Under the flagship Volkswagen for Good initiative, Oosterland Child and Youth Care Centre, Malabar Primary School, Sanctor Primary School, Alzheimer’s Eastern Cape, Yokhuselo Haven, Thand’usana (Love a Baby): Babies Safe Home and St. Francis Hospice Nelson Mandela Bay, received a portion of the R646 914 cheque which was handed over at the Volkswagen manufacturing factory in Uitenhage.

“Volkswagen is, always has been and always will be a People’s Company and it is through these quarterly donations where we try to alleviate some of the financial burdens and also uplift our community in the Metro and the Eastern Cape,” said Thomas Schaefer, Volkswagen Group South Africa Chairman and Managing Director.

This is the fourth donation this year and in total, almost R2.4 million has been handed over to local charities in 2015.

Volkswagen Group South Africa has invested more than R100 million on CSI projects during the Community Trust’s 25-year existence. There has been a strong emphasis on education, youth development, enterprise development, health, community and wellbeing.

Who are the beneficiaries?

)Oosterland Child and Youth Care Centre in Despatch looks after 106 vulnerable and destitute children placed by the children’s court. The centre provides bursaries for children for their studies and short courses - the centre has an impressive 100% pass rate for school leavers for 12 out of 14 years.

)Malabar Primary School in Port Elizabeth registered 1 065 learners in 2014, including 68 Grade R learners. The public school provides computer classes which assist learners to advance their computer skills at an early age.

)Sanctor Primary School situated in Bethelsdorp currently has over 650 learners. The no-fee school had a fully functional media centre/library run by a volunteer for the past four years. This year the school celebrates 40 years of successfully contributing to the upliftment of the community at large.

)Alzheimer’s Eastern Cape serves the whole Eastern Cape but more specifically the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan community. Their training project is in Gqebera Township in Walmer in Port Elizabeth, which is a congested township of about 65 000 to 70 000 people. The township is often described as one of the most impoverished areas in the Eastern Cape.

)Yokhuselo Haven was established in 1998 as a response to the appalling statistics in domestic/family abuse in the Eastern Cape. It assists women and children facing various traumatic experiences and also educates other NGO’s and victims support centres on domestic violence.

)Thand’usana (Love a Baby): Babies Safe Home, opened seven years ago, is a home for abandoned, abused or neglected infants, from birth to 3 years. The home cares for six children at a time until a more permanent placement can be found, sometimes with extended family, foster care or adoption. Thand’usana provides comprehensive emotional, social, spiritual and medical care for the babies.

)St. Francis Hospice Nelson Mandela Bay is a faith-based Palliative care hospice. Established in 1986, it provides a holistic service of Palliative Care to short expectancy patients, whilst also offering medical and nursing care and psycho-social support.

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