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Part 1: We celebrate Youth Day with a few of our SED initiatives

South Africa commemorates Youth Day on 16 June and remembers all the young people who contributed to the creation of a democratic South Africa. As our country moves forward, young people remain a vital cog to the nation’s success. That’s why we at Avis Fleet like to support initiatives that help young people. Here are a few of the socio-economic development (SED) initiatives in which we are proud participants. Don’t forget to check out Part 2 of our series.

  • The Avis Fleet Administration and Operation Legal teams chose the Bulamahlo Home & Day Care Centre as their SED initiative. The home operates as a crèche and daycare centre providing education and childcare services to the community of Tembisa. The home gradually became a referral for abandoned, orphaned or homeless children by police stations and social services around Tembisa and Ivory Park in Gauteng.
  • The Finance Department at Avis Fleet wanted to focus on Gugulethu Parents for Orphans as its SED initiative. Gugulethu Parents for Orphans was started as an HIV/Aids support group project in the East Rand area in 2006 and registered as an NGO in 2007. Today, the home brings services to more than 730 people infected and affected by HIV/Aids and related illnesses, and empowers them to lead a better life
  • The Avis Fleet Sales Team was excited to choose The Lighthouse Baby Shelter in Sundowner, Johannesburg, as its SED initiative. The shelter cares for abandoned and abused babies and children up to the age of six. It also has a facility where unwanted babies can be left anonymously in a Moses Basket in a “hole in the wall”. The home has an outreach programme where staff visit a local informal settlement to uplift mothers and children.
  • Avis Fleet’s Marketing Department decided to help raise funds to support the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC). The organisation was founded in 1979 as a support group for parents of children with cancer, by parents of children with cancer. CHOC’s aim is to ease the burden on parents who face the daunting task of supporting children with cancer.
  • Avis Fleet’s Customer Care department chose to focus on Sizwe Hospital School for its SED initiative. This organisation in Sandringham, Gauteng, takes care of terminally ill, HIV-infected, orphaned and vulnerable children. It is the only specialised TB hospital in Gauteng for treating drug-resistant TB cases.
  • Staff members from Avis Fleet KwaZulu-Natal were thrilled to show they care about sustainable development by donating resources and spending some time at St Monica’s Children's Home. This home and youth care centre is located on the Bluff in Durban and is a non-governmental institution caring for orphaned and vulnerable children. The institution aims to provide a safe environment for children through residential care and developmental programmes with the aim of eventually reuniting them with their families and/or communities.

There are many benefits of our SED initiatives – from economic development to social welfare – and they encourage our staff and other companies to be more involved in the community. By creating employment, we can also contribute to the growth of the South African economy.

 

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