This month, 22 charities will receive a total of 26 vehicles with a combined retail value of over R12 million – making it the largest-ever vehicle donation by Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA).
The fleet comprises 15 Ford Transit vans, seven Tourneo Custom minibuses, the all-new Fiesta and three locally built Rangers. The vehicles will be delivered to ten registered charities over the next two weeks.
Among these are Save the Children and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa; Action for Blind and Disabled Children, a non-profit organisation that offers free digital literacy training; Tomorrow Today Foundation, a community-based football academy in Mamelodi; as well as the Tshwane SPCA.
“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,” says Elsie Botha on behalf of Roodepoort-based Action for the Blind and Disabled Children.
“This is huge for our organisation,” exclaims Peter Chiveso from Tomorrow Today Foundation. “It will make an immense difference to our football programme, which will now be more accessible to the greater Mamelodi and Eesterust communities.”
In Port Elizabeth, the Al Fidaa Foundation’s work will be bolstered with its new vehicle, which will help the organisation expand its skills-development and community-empowerment projects, as well as its 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.
“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 expand the selfless services that they provide,” comments Duduzile Nxele, corporate communications manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.