KZN’s In­doni Cul­tural School shares in Ford R12 mln gift

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

FORD is spread­ing the cheer this fes­tive sea­son with a do­na­tion of 26 brand new ve­hi­cles to 22 se­lected char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions in South Africa, worth a com­bined re­tail value of over R12 mil­lion.

The fleet, which com­prises 15 Ford Tran­sit vans, seven Tour­neo Cus­tom minibuses, (pic­tured) the all-new Fi­esta and three lo­cally-built Rangers, will be de­liv­ered to the reg­is­tered char­i­ties over the next two weeks.

“South Africa is a road-based econ­omy, mak­ing ve­hi­cle own­er­ship a key fac­tor in or­der to de­liver the ser­vices needed to ad­vance the coun­try’s econ­omy and im­prove the qual­ity of life of all our peo­ple. We are very proud that Ford is able to help the se­lected char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions go fur­ther in pro­vid­ing the self­less ser­vices that they do,” said Duduzile Nx­ele, cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany of South­ern Africa.

Ac­cord­ing to Nx­ele, the do­na­tion is the big­gest sin­gle do­na­tion of ve­hi­cles that Ford has made in South Africa since the es­tab­lish­ment of its lo­cal op­er­a­tions in 1923.

“It is thanks to the loyal sup­port from South Africans that Ford has be­come one of the top three man­u­fac­tur­ers in the coun­try. This do­na­tion is the ideal way for us to pay it for­ward to the com­mu­nity and sup­port those who need it most,” she added.

Among the de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ents in Gaut­eng are Save the Chil­dren and SOS Chil­dren’s Vil­lages South Africa; Ac­tion for Blind and Dis­abled Chil­dren, a non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that of­fers free dig­i­tal lit­er­acy train­ing; To­mor­row To­day Foun­da­tion, a com­mu­nity-based foot­ball academy in Mamelodi; as well as Tsh­wane SPCA.

In Port El­iz­a­beth, the Al Fi­daa Foun­da­tion’s work will be bol­stered with its new ve­hi­cle, help­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion ex­pand its skills de­vel­op­ment and com­mu­nity em­pow­er­ment pro­jects, as well as its and feed­ing schemes.

The Kidz2Kidz Trust and NorSA in the Western Cape have also been se­lected as re­cip­i­ents, along with the In­doni Cul­tural School in KwaZulu-Natal, and Sabi Sand Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion Trust in Mpumalanga.

“We wish to thank Ford for the most gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion to our cause and for its com­mit­ment to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to this marginalised sec­tor of our com­mu­nity,” said Elsie Botha on be­half of Rood­e­poort-based Ac­tion for the Blind and Dis­abled Chil­dren.

“This is huge for our or­gan­i­sa­tion,” said Peter Chiveso from To­mor­row To­day Foun­da­tion. — WR.

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