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Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00

Ackermans volunteers embrace the Ububele spirit

Last month, an army of volunteers from various Ackermans clothing outlets showed up at Heatherdale for a day of re-painting, refurbishing and refurnishing.


The Ackermans volunteer initiative was co-ordinated by NewKidz – a long-time Heatherdale partner, and an organisation which works to help establish loving homes for orphaned, vulnerable and destitute children in South Africa by:

  • Building sustainable child–support networks in communities and linking them with foster families and children's homes.
  • Promoting foster care to the general public and offering guidance to foster families.
  • Facilitating the renovation and maintenance of children's homes; foster family accommodation and Early Childhood Development Centres with the help of corporate sponsors.

On Friday the 19th April 2013, 20 staff members from Ackermans stores across the Western Cape visited the Heatherdale Children’s Home in Athlone as part of the Home’s Ububele Initiative.

Ububele is an Nguni word meaning “kindness”. In this context, the Ackermans team took to their task with relish, spending the day repainting, refurbishing and refurnishing some of the Home’s facilities.

The work involved:

  • Painting the walls & ceilings of the dining room/TV room
  • Varnishing doors
  • Providing new tablecloths
  • Supplying soft finishes for the lounge area

Working with common purpose and inspired by the real improvements they were making to the Heatherdale environment, the dynamic team completed the above work in record time. But instead of cutting short their visit, they decided to do more…

“Besides their initial mandate, the Ackermans team carried out additional painting and varnishing work throughout the Home,” says Heatherdale Director, Eddie Cyster.” The team also repaired door handles, steam-cleaned a rug and some couches, and donated 40 black dining room chairs!”

The overall value of the project was in the region of R10·000.

“We live and work as part of a society and within communities, and we have a significant role to play in contributing towards the wellbeing of those communities,” says Ackermans CEO/CSI Manager …

He/she believes Heatherdale is an exceedingly worthy recipient of the company’s Community Investment efforts.

“Heatherdale Children’s Home is an extraordinary institution making a real difference in the lives of the children that reside there and doing exceptional work within the community at large.

“Hopefully, the work our wonderful volunteers have carried out will go some way towards brightening up the Home, and making the environment that much more pleasurable to inhabit.”

Eddie shared these sentiments, expressing his gratitude and admiration for the volunteers’ efforts.

“I was really impressed by the way the team rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in,” he says.

“Giving to someone who cannot repay you is a true act of kindness, and it was clear that the volunteers regarded the work they did and the clear difference they made a reward in itself.”

Thank you Ackermans!


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