South African team members celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day with donations to care centers
Lear Electrical’s Port Elizabeth plant in South Africa celebrated this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day with team members contributing food, clothing, office supplies and money to: Isithembiso Babies Home, which provides a safe place for children up to four years old who have been abandoned, abused or neglected; Missionvale Care Center which operates a child support and development program, feeding scheme, community school and various other community programs; and the Masiphathisane Center, which runs a community crèche (day care center), soup kitchen and home-based services for the sick. Initially only two beneficiaries were planned for selection but the success of the initiative enabled the adding of a third beneficiary.
On Friday July 17th the Mandela Day Initiative concluded with the official handover of donations and the event was attended by special guests from the beneficiaries; Anton Vidal (VP – Ops. Engineering) and Lear team members and union representatives. In his remarks, Anton highlighted that the success of companies is no longer only measured by their profitability but also by involvement in the community and Etienne Els (Port Elizabeth Plant Mgr.) added, “Lear employees opened their hearts and donations came streaming in. I feel very proud of this team.”
Isithembiso Coordinator Carmen Faragher said, “Thanks again so much. We had such a wonderful time. I would also like to inform you that the money you donated to us has gone towards buying proper nursing type uniforms for our five caregivers who in the past have had to wear their own clothing to work…Our ladies have been so excited about it.”
Declared by the United Nations in 2009 to be celebrated on his birthday in July, Nelson Mandela Day is a global initiative aimed at helping change the world for a better place with the selection of beneficiaries inspired by Nelson Mandela’s charitable legacy and love of children.
Posted on 8/12/2015
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