Avis Fleet team gives back on Nelson Mandela day

The late Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it is done”. And true to this it’s incredible to see how Nelson Mandela Day, which is observed yearly on the late statesman’s birthday on July 18, honours his values by giving back to our communities through volunteering and galvanising the world to do good. The United Nations (UN) officially declared Mandela Day in 2009 and to date thousands of people have benefited from the kindness and help received through the various Mandela Day initiatives.

Nelson Mandela day is an opportunity for the Avis Fleet team to roll up their sleeves and actively give back to the communities they serve. As part of the Avis Fleet team’s commitment to sustainable social investment the company showed their support for Mandela day by taking part in various initiatives.

Sally Seppings, Avis Fleet Brand Manager says, “Our brand is committed to supporting initiatives that encourage sustainable change. Our brand values are underpinned by a culture of people who care and we’ve been blown away by the support our team has shown towards Nelson Mandela day.”

Here are some initiatives Avis Fleet undertook:

Johannesburg Avis Fleet team joined the Barloworld Group in the Stop Hunger Now campaign which took place at The Sandton Convention Centre. Stop Hunger Now, which was started in the USA in 1998 by Dr Ray Buchanan, is an international organisation which distributes food and other lifesaving aid across the globe. Avis Fleet, along with other teams within the Barloworld Group, joined the efforts to pack 1-million meals in the day’s 67 minute shifts.


In the 67 minutes the teams of 20 spent the time packing meals which will enable 20 disadvantaged pre-school children to have three meals a week for an entire year.

Besides the time spent packaging food, each team of volunteers also donated R 10 000.

While the Sales and Marketing team was packing meals, the IT team visited Epworth Children’s Village in Germiston.

The village, which has been in existence for 99 years, does community outreach, service delivery to various schools and also runs therapeutic residential care for children.

The Cape Town team chose the Nazareth House charity as their Mandela Day initiative.

They donated diapers, blankets, toiletries and some personal hygiene items.


Along with several corporate sponsors, the KZN Sales Team visited the Robin Hood Foundation and sponsored a lunch for 350 children

The organisation’s team mobilises donations by individuals and businesses and in turn distributes these to needy mothers and the elderly. They also do a lot of work helping HIV AIDS affected and impoverished members of the community. “It was absolutely an eye opener to see how these children are living and how grateful they are. It just made us all realise how blessed we are and that we have to continue to always be kind to everybody and not just our own loved ones,” says Chris van der Westhuizen General Manager – Coastal


Avis Fleet prides itself in having the kind of team that matches the brand’s core values - people who care.

In light of all their efforts Avis Fleet would like to recognise its staff’s efforts and exceptional contribution to the Nelson Mandela 67-minutes initiative through the various charities.

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