WOLMER, PRETORIA – Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA), in partnership with Pretoria News, made a joint contribution today to assist needy institutions with items to survive the chill of winter. This follows an appeal from Nissan SA to its employees, and by the Pretoria News to its readers, to open their hearts to the plight of the homeless and hungry.  The handover of blankets, clothes, tins of food and other items was made at the Noorderpark Ouetehuis Old Age Home in Wolmer. Other beneficiaries at the handover were children from the Mofamahadi wa Tshepo Care Centre and the Boitumelo Community Home Centre.

Nissan SA's General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Pat Senne, said it was crucial that people and companies unite to help the less fortunate in our communities. "Most of us have no concept of what it is like to be exposed to the severe cold conditions we have experienced this winter. We must, therefore, always spare a thought for the many community members who do not have the resources to fend off the freezing temperatures the province is currently experiencing. I am delighted that the Pretoria News joined us in our campaign to help as many of our citizens as possible," added Senne.

This sentiment was echoed by Zingisa Mkhuma, Acting Editor of Pretoria News, who said: "The more people we can encourage to help others, the better. This is the essence of good corporate citizenry, demonstrated today in our joint campaign with Nissan. We also extend our grateful thanks to our many news readers who rose to the challenge and who have given willingly to help others."

Benefiting from today's donation are around 30 senior citizens from the Noordpark Ouetehuis Old Age Home, as well as children from both care centres.  The Boitumelo Community Home Centre in Soshanguve currently has around 13 children in its care, ranging from babies to teenagers. They include two HIV positive children and six boys who have been plucked from a nomadic existence on Pretoria's streets. Said care giver Sophie Msiza, who runs the centre with two volunteers, "We depend on donations to survive and we are thankful for the donations that Nissan and Pretoria News have made to us. It will help us to get through the rest of the winter months."

The Mofomahadi wa Tshepo Care Centre in Kgabalatsane cares for around 20 orphaned children, some of whom are also HIV positive. Like Boitumelo, the centre does not receive any state grants and is reliant on donations to survive.

Nissan SA's Winter Warmer Campaign forms part of the company's corporate social investment programme, whose aim is to plough back into the communities around its manufacturing plant in Rosslyn.


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