“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in our hands to make a difference.” – Nelson Mandela.
UD Trucks Southern Africa staff from its head office and assembly plant in Rosslyn, took these words to heart in honour of Mandela Day 2017. The UD team was out in full force at the Kids Victory Centre in Klipgat in the North-West Province, to make a tangible difference in the lives of the children and elderly residing there.
The Kids Victory Centre cares for 18 orphaned or disabled children, a number of elderly people, and also serves as an aftercare centre for around 40 primary school children every afternoon.
This is the second year that UD Trucks have returned to the centre to assist, and the team spent three times the regular 67 minutes volunteer time of Mandela Day painting the exterior and interior of the facility, fixing electricity problems, tending vegetable gardens, clearing rubble, as well as erecting a new fence.
Staff also once again generously donated everything from clothes, electronics, books, toys and food to linen, to help alleviate some of the inhabitant’s immediate needs.
The residents and the community were also given a hearty meal on the day, thanks to the generous donation of hundreds of cups of warm, nutritious soup and bread by the Shoprite Soup Kitchen feeding scheme – a UD Trucks supported project.
Free health checks, including blood pressure tests, were provided to the inhabitants and members of the community courtesy of Realty Wellness.
Other UD Trucks suppliers and supporters also donated to the cause, including Sanitech, Servest, Super Rent, Fusion Travel, Swedish Workplace HIV and AIDS Programme (SWHAP) and Event Wizards.
“Today we are the change we want to see in our community,” said Aubrey Rambau, Aubrey Rambau, Rosslyn Plant general manager. “Our team really rallied to make a big impact in a short time. Helping really changes something within yourself and we are looking forward to keep investing back into our community at every chance we get.