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Isuzu collects thousands of books for PE children

MAY 13, 2016
Isuzu collects thousands of books for PE children

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. It is in light of this that Isuzu Truck South Africa launched the #ITSAEMPTYTRUCK book collection, on the 7th of April 2016 in Port Elizabeth.

In Support of Isuzu Trucks involvement with the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship, IRONMAN 4 the Kidz was selected as the 2016 beneficiary. Isuzu Trucks placed collection boxes in 25 locations in and around the city of Port Elizabeth.

The book drive campaign was a resounding success with an impressive amount of more than 38 400 books collected over a period of 22 days for the IRONMAN 4 the Kidz charity. The book categories included fiction and non-fiction, as well as school and university textbooks.

It has taken six volunteers four days to count and sort the books into various genres, different age categories and into batches suitable for the various children’s homes.

“A book is all it takes to make a difference in a child’s life and a learning tool that drives development in our societies,” said Craig Uren, Chief Operations Officer for Isuzu Truck South Africa.

“It has always been our responsibility to give back to the community. As our workforce hails from the Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth it was a natural leap for Isuzu Truck South Africa to join forces with Standard Bank IRONMAN ,” concludes Uren.

Garth Wright, founder of IRONMAN 4 the Kidz said that he was overwhelmed by the astounding support they received from the community and other stakeholders through their support of the #ITSAEMPTYTRUCK campaign.

“It’s heart-warming to see that the people of Port Elizabeth have given a child an opportunity to be literate. Education is a tool which transforms a person to live a better life.”

Isuzu Truck South Africa plans to roll out the project in other cities around South Africa this year and set a bigger target for 2017.

 Images courtsey of IRONMAN 4 the Kidz  via Facebook.