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