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sweethearts Foundation and ACSA host wheelchair handover

Apr 20, 2018
sweethearts Foundation and ACSA host wheelchair handover

The sweethearts Foundation, together with The Airports Company of South Africa, hosted a wheelchair handover ceremony at Rhubarb and Lime Café in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday during which four specialised wheelchairs were handed over to four deserving beneficiaries.

The sweethearts Foundation, a 100% non-profit organisation, collects plastic bottle tops and bread tags, recycles them and then uses the proceeds to purchase wheelchairs for those in need. The Airports Company of South Africa generously donated over R60 000.00 towards the purchasing of these much-needed wheelchairs.

Beneficiaries (from Left in front) Gabi, Nombulelo, Danyaal and Imange have been on The sweethearts Foundation’s national Wheelchair Waiting List awaiting the news that their wheelchairs are ready to be handed over.

According to Ashley Nel, Marketing Director of The sweethearts Foundation, the generous donation by ACSA really assisted the foundation in providing these wheelchairs.

“Without the contribution from ACSA, the beneficiaries would’ve waited a very long time to receive their wheelchairs."

While 450kgs of bottle tops or 50kgs of bread tags provides enough funding for a standard wheelchair the wheelchairs handed over to the beneficiaries at this ceremony were specialised to each beneficiary as children require wheelchairs which will not stunt their growth.

Anyone can be a sweetheart, all you need to do is collect #Tops&Tags and drop them off at your nearest Collection Point. Rhubarb and Lime Café, in St Georges Park, is one of the foundation’s Honorary Collection Points in Port Elizabeth and has been an avid supporter of the foundation since 2013.

Together with the help of sweethearts both nationally and internationally and corporates like ACSA, The sweethearts Foundation have handed over 260 wheelchairs since February 2013.

Visit www.sweetheartsfoundation.org or email sweethearts@sweetheartsfoundation.org for more information, to find a Collection Point or make a donation which could help change the life of one or more beneficiaries. 

Image:  (From back left) Yvonne Pearce (sweethearts), Liz Mostert (ACSA), Kathleen Soper (sweethearts), Anthony Groom (ACSA), Thandi Kwandla (ACSA), Ashley Nel (sweethearts). (From front left) Gabi Van Rooyen, Nombulelo Duma, Danyaal Houlie and Imange Mtola. Photographer – Keegan Van Zyl