Nissan SA today hosted a Christmas party for less fortunate children in communities surrounding its manufacturing plant in Rosslyn. This follows their Winter Warmer Campaign which reached out to child care and old-age homes.

 During the winter campaign Nissan's employees collected blankets, food and furniture to the less fortunate communities of all races in Pretoria. The campaign drew much interest within the company. Employees then decided to expand and grow the campaign by launching a "donate a toy to a needy child" programme. This time around Nissan employees invited other nearby businesses closer to their manufacturing plant in Rosslyn to join hands with them as partners in their quest to bring a smile to a needy child's face.

Around 210 children from Good Hope Community Organisation (Mabopane), Boitumelo (Soshanguve), Wolmer Community Project (Wolmer), Oboentoe House (Gezina), Mofomahadi wa Tshepo (Kgabalatsane) and Tutela Place of Safety (Pretoria North) were invited to a full programme of entertainment and activities. Most of the children from these schools are either abandoned or orphaned. 

Joining them was Nissan's Managing Director, Mr Julio Panama. Nissan employees from various departments joined in to host the Christmas party and distributed gifts to the children, ranging from toddlers to 14-year-olds.

The children received goodie bags and gifts, and games and rides ensured fun at the early Christmas celebration at Nissan.

"We hope that the gifts will bring hope and joy to the children ahead of Christmas. The event is part of our corporate social investment outreach programme to assist communities from where many of our employees are drawn", he said.

On arrival, Sophi Msiza expressed her gratitude on behalf of the children and house mothers of the Children's homes, some of whom were in attendance at the party.

"We are overwhelmed and delighted at the generosity of Nissan SA, this gesture means a lot to our kids and we hope this will bring a smile on their little faces, said Msiza

Nissan SA's General Manager Group Corporate Affairs and Communications Ms Pat Senne told the media that this is "Nissan's way of enriching people's lives, simultaneously reaching out to the communities and under-privileged children."

The party was collaboration between Nissan, local businesses and community organisations which also offered part of the gifts and food. "Our partners sponsored much needed items, and contributions have also been made by Nissan staff, some of whom will assist as volunteers on the day," concluded Senne.


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