Polokwane Observer

Toyota teams up for KZN effort

- Miranda Chauke

Limpopo Toyota roped in local schools to assist with the devastatio­n in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

Limpopo Toyota has spearheade­d an initiative to collect donations that are set to help residents in

KZN. Sandra van der Merwe, the finance and insurance manager, explained there are people within the dealership that are part of the Toyota Knights who get involved in community projects during the year. When they saw what happened in KZN, the northern and central Toyota Knights in the country decided to contribute towards KZN residents’ relief.

Limpopo Toyota dealership and the knights managed to contribute R20 000, and decided to raise even more money.

“We wanted to do more, so I approached the schools and asked them to get involved and they were happy to lend a hand,” she said.

They reached out to four schools namely Mitchell House, Eagle’s

Nest Christian School, Oosskool and Curro Heuwelkrui­n with a plan to only collect two courier vans worth of donations. “We will approach other schools later in the year for our other projects,” she said.

The initiative was such a success that they have had to abandon the plan to use two courier bakkies and use one of their demo Hino trucks to transport the goods instead, on May 7. She added that the importance of the initiative is to show that although Limpopo is situated far from KZN, locals still care about the devastatio­n and want to assist. Her message to the schools that were part of the initiative is: “Thank you. You have made a big difference in someone’s life. You can’t grasp what that will mean to someone, I can’t even express it in words.”

 ?? ?? The team at Toyota with some of the goods that have been donated.
The team at Toyota with some of the goods that have been donated.

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