Former President Nelson Mandela once said: “The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children.”
Tavcor Volkswagen George enjoys bringing a smile to the children of the Garden Route, particularly those in need of extra support and care.
Tavcor VW George Dealer Principal Paul Balmer said the staff at the dealership enjoys making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children in the George community. “It is our moral obligation to give back to the community. We do not expect anything in return, but enjoy making a difference,” said Balmer.
The dealership has a longstanding relationship with a Thembalethu-based daycare, Nceduluntu Baby Care Centre.
The daycare cares for about 20 babies and toddlers under the age of five years old. “Many of the babies’ mothers are single parents and the centre offers care for the children while their mothers are working. The centre gets no government support and we adopted them a few years ago,” said Balmer.
One of the first projects Tavcor VW George staff embarked on was to upgrade the bathrooms at the daycare, and they also brightened up the rooms with educational toys, posters, colourful blankets and curtains.
“All the staff embraced the project – the technicians helped to replace broken taps and fixed the toilets. Next came the kitchen revamp, and we managed to buy a new fridge freezer through some fundraising,” said Balmer.
Nceduluntu Baby Care Centre Principal Matshepo Msadu described the Tavcor VW George staff as “life-savers”.
“They open doors for us all the time and everyone comes out and helps with the children. The freezer has been such a big help to us,” Msadu said.
Another longstanding corporate social responsibility partner that Tavcor has been involved with for many years is the Bethesda Child and Youth Care Centre in Rosemoor. The centre cares for on average 28 vulnerable children of various age groups.
Particularly around Christmas time Tavcor VW George enjoys making up gifts for the Bethesda children. The gifts typically would include two sets of clothing, pyjamas, sweets and toiletries.
Previous years, the Tavcor VW George staff also hosted a party for the children.
Bethesda Child and Youth Care Centre Projects Operational Assistant Mandy Lucas said Tavcor VW George has been a great support over the years. “The staff is truly compassionate – they get involved and interact with the children. We really appreciate their encouragement and help,” said Lucas.