Mabopane, Pretoria – Nissan South Africa (Nissan SA) today handed over clothes and blankets to needy children from care institutions located in communities around the company's  manufacturing plant in Rosslyn. The handover, held at Winterveld's Good Hope Community Centre which hosted the event on behalf of four recipient organisations, forms part of Nissan SA's Community Outreach Project aimed at assisting plant employees – drawn largely from Ga-Rankuwa, Mabopane, Atteridgeville, Mamelodi and Soshanguve – their families and extended communities.                                         

In handing over the donation, which is intended to provide some relief over the remaining winter months, Neil Craddock, Nissan SA's plant general manager said:  "Although there is never a shortage of deserving causes, our focus is on helping those people closest to home. Our employees from Midrand and Rosslyn, as well as various dealerships, have once again rallied to the call to consider the less fortunate during the coldest period of the year. We trust that our contribution will ease the discomfort of the children, who are some of the worst affected by freezing winter temperatures."

Around 400 children from the Good Hope Community Centre, the Boitumelo Community Home Based Care in Soshanguve, the Mofomahadi wa Tshepo Care Centre in Kgabalatsane and Merafe Care Centre in Ga-Rankuwa will benefit from the items.

Said Mary Loate, manager of the Good Hope Community Centre, "On behalf of all the children and caregivers, I would like to thank Nissan SA for its most welcome contribution. So many individuals face hardship, especially at this time of year, and we are grateful that you have seen fit to assist our children, many of who are either infected with the HIV virus or have lost one or both parents to the disease."

The winter warmer donation has become an annual event on Nissan SA's corporate social investment (CSI) calendar. Today's handover is a follow-up to the company's  2008 campaign, which started in May when Nissan SA, partnering with the Pecanwood Educational Trust, delivered 15 tonnes' worth of foodstuffs and blankets to a number of needy communities in the North West province. 

Nissan SA's corporate social investment programme, under which the community outreach programme falls, focuses on humanitarian, educational and health initiatives to uplift the lives of citizens both in and around its area of operation as well as the community at large. 


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