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Volkswagen donates R2.3 million to local charity organisations

MARCH 29, 2017
Volkswagen donates R2.3 million to local charity organisations

Four charity organisations in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan area have become the latest beneficiaries of the Volkswagen for Good Initiative. The latest donation of R334 338 to the four deserving local charities brings the total amount disbursed by Volkswagen in 2017 to local non-profit organisations to R2.3 million.

The four beneficiaries are The Igazi Foundation, Gelvan Park Frail Aged Home, Bet Sheekoom House of Restoration for Women in Crisis and Cleary Estate Cheshire Home.  Each organisation will receive a portion of the donation from Volkswagen.

The donation will help the beneficiaries to continue with the good work that they are already doing in their communities.

The Igazi Foundation provides haematological services which include haematological diagnosis as well as treatment options workshop for general medical practitioners and medical officers.

The Gelvan Park Frail Aged Home cares for 115 elderly residents. The home offers in-home services, homemaker services, transport facilities, recreational activities, meal programmes and other services relatable to senior citizens.

The Bet Sheekoom House of Restoration for Women in Crisis helps women in crisis within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan area.

The Cleary Estate Cheshire Home cares for 43 severely disabled adults from impoverished communities.   The residents are given different jobs within the home and they also run a beading and fabric painting project which helps the residents to generate income.

"We value the support that we provide to our local communities through the Volkswagen for Good initiative.  It is vital for businesses to help communities where they operate by making financial contributions that will impact on the lives of the people that they serve. At Volkswagen, we also give back to our communities through other initiatives such as employee volunteer programme which we call the Show of Hands," said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa.

Image: From left to right: Dennis Bellairs (Gelvan Park Frail Aged Home); Nkosinathi Clay (VW Community Trust); William Heynes (Cleary Estate Cheshire Home); Gary Koekemoer (Bet Sheekoom House of Restoration for Women In Crisis). Absent from pic: Cole Cameron (Igazi Foundation).