Hino helps char­ity to de­liver

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A FOUR-TON Hino 300-Se­ries 814 truck fit­ted with a Praga van body has been on loan from Hino SA to the Touch Africa char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion since 2010, and it con­tin­ues to play a vi­tal role in a num­ber of Touch Africa’s out­reach pro­grammes, many of which tar­get schools.

Di­rec­tor of the PE-based Touch Africa, Mike Glover, said the Hino now has 53 852 km on its odome­ter and has been used dur­ing the past year to de­liver books to seven new li­braries, mat­tresses to the Step by Step crèche in the Transkei and a jun­gle gym to the Lion Park.

The li­braries are made out of a 40-foot con­tainer with 2 500 books each, with the in­crease of lit­er­acy the main bench­mark. The truck is used to move the ve­ran­das and stocks of books.

Touch Africa has in­stalled 15 con­tainer li­braries at 15 dis­ad­van­taged schools in South Africa over the past two years.

Lit­er­acy at schools is a ma­jor con­cern, con­sid­er­ing only eight per­cent of pub­lic schools have li­braries.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ini­tial li­brary project now to­tals 30 li­braries. Each con­tainer is revamped and equipped with ta­bles and chairs as well as the stock of 2 500 books.

The next phase will in­volve en­sur­ing the li­braries are utilised prop­erly.

The Hino also de­liv­ered all the build­ing ma­te­ri­als re­quired to con­struct the Zisukhanyo crèche near Mazeppa Bay over a four-month pe­riod. “Touch Africa also uses a 10-day off-road motorcycle char­ity ride through the East­ern Cape, the Transkei coastal re­gion and KwaZulu-Natal, to raise money for its char­i­ta­ble ef­forts, with sub­stan­tial support com­ing from Bri­tish cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing princes Wil­liam and Harry,” said the founder of Touch Africa.

As much as R5 mil­lion is raised an­nu­ally.

Hino SA vice-pres­i­dent Ernie Traut­mann said that the Touch Africa project dove­tails well with other cor­po­rate so­cial-in­vest­ment pro­grammes of Hino and Toy­ota, where the fo­cus has al­ways been on ed­u­ca­tion and health.

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The Hino 300-Se­ries has helped de­liver 15 con­tainer li­braries through the Touch Africa char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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