Polo car club spreads joy to the less fortunate

2016-12-19 11:41
Members of the Polo Xclusive Club with some of the items from the food hampers ready for distribution to the less fortunate. INSET: Food hampers ready to be packed into the Polo Xclusive Club vehicles.

Members of the Polo Xclusive Club with some of the items from the food hampers ready for distribution to the less fortunate. INSET: Food hampers ready to be packed into the Polo Xclusive Club vehicles. (Supplied)

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A local group, brought together not only by a passion for cars but also the love of helping the less fortunate, are spreading cheer this holiday season.

About 20 car fanatics from across the province who became members of the Polo Xclusive Club regularly distribute food hampers to orphanages, old age homes and schools.

Founder of the club Sazi Ngcamu said his deep love for his modified VW Polo Vivo is what started the group.

The other members also drive modified VW Polo Vivos.

The group, whose members are police officers, nurses and business people, contribute R200 each a month to purchase food hampers.

“We started this club so that we can give back to the community. There are a lot of people who need help and many do not get the opportunities that we got, so we are just doing our part,” said Ngcamu.

He said the club searches for deserving organisations online but they have also had some desperate families approach them for assistance.

“I always think of my family when I visit the underprivileged. I always think of what would happen to them if I was not around.

“My heart is happy when I see the children happy,” he said.

The first outreach programme by the club was during Easter this year when they visited an orphanage in Hammarsdale.

“We handed out food hampers to the orphanage but also gave Easter eggs to the children that were running on the street,” Ngcamu said.

Since then the Polo Xclusive Club members have visited children’s homes in Hillcrest and Port Shepstone.

Ngcamu said their long-term goal is to be registered as an official non-profit organisation (NPO) which “will make it easier to secure funding”.

“Once the funding is secured we will be able to take on more largescale projects. Such projects will involve setting up a bursary to fund under-privileged children wanting to go to university,” Ngcamu said.

Celebrating the one-year anniversary next week, Ngcamu said the club wants to host a series of fundraising events to be able to reach more people all over the province.

“We don’t see ourselves as just any car club. Instead we are a family,” Ngcamu said.

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