How Hyundai is ensuring Gift of the Givers is able to uplift South African communities

January 10, 2022
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Numerous businesses and individuals have risen to the occasion and shown support for the initiatives of the non-profit organisation Gift of the Givers. Particularly over the past two years, as Covid-19 ravaged the country, Gift of the Givers needed a helping hand to ensure that Dr Imtiaaz Sooliman and his team could mobilise their efforts.

Hyundai Automotive South Africa has stood resolute as a supporter of Gift of the Givers and has donated another Hyundai H-100 bakkie to the foundation to distribute food and household items to South Africans in dire need of sustenance or social support.

Long-term commitment from Hyundai

This vehicle is yet another H-100 donated by Hyundai Automotive SA to Gift of the Givers, which uses the bakkie in its drive, literally and proverbially, to get food to communities where families do not have an income and suffer food shortage.

In 2020 Hyundai Automotive SA donated two H-100 Bakkies and an H-1 9-seater bus to Gift of the Givers as part of its Covid-19 social investment. This donation was followed in 2021 by donating two more H-100 Bakkies with canopies from Beekman.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Hyundai Automotive SA has donated ten vehicles – including an H-1 Bus and two Grand i10 Cargo panel vans – to Gift of the Givers and FoodForward South Africa, another organisation that distributes food to communities where there is a desperate need for food.

Tailored for the foundations’ needs

All the H-100 Bakkies that have been donated have been fitted with closed canopies, donated by Beekman, which shares a holding company, Motus, with Hyundai Automotive South Africa.

Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive SA, says: “We are proud to contribute to the wonderful effort of Gift of the Givers to bring urgent relief to fellow South Africans who are experiencing hunger and hardship due to circumstances that are out of their control. Our initiative forms part of the Hyundai Motor Company’s global drive to improve the lives of people in need.”

The mission of Gift of the Givers, started by Dr Imtiaz Sooliman in 1992, is to provide nutritious food and other essential items to impoverished children and families suffering in South Africa and whose circumstances have become even direr due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

References: Pritesh Ruthun (www.wheels24.co.za)

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