CICT Charity Drive

Commercial ICT a division of Hudaco Trading spearheads drive to assist Child Welfare and associated charities

In these crippling economic times, charities are often hard-pressed to afford even the most basic items. Benefactors have either closed shop or tightened their belts, so donations have been drastically reduced or have dried up completely. In a surprising turn of events, a number of worthy charities recently experienced the joy of unconditional generosity through the efforts of a determined team of local businesses.

Charleen Rheeder, National Operations Manager at Commercial ICT (an Elvey Group company in the Hudaco Group of Companies) explains that the journey started when she and her husband, Shane Rheeder (Business Lead at Commercial ICT), became personally involved with Alberton Child Welfare.

“There is a pressing need at a number of Child Welfare and related charities for items that make the lives of the beneficiaries, children and staff easier. In a recent fortuitous discussion with our client Pan African Shopfitters, we discovered that they, together with a multi-faceted team from the Hudaco Group, held the key to alleviating many of the deficiencies experienced by these charities,” says Charleen Rheeder.

“A huge warehouse full of material used in various shopfitting projects was made available to us by Pan African Shopfitters to offer various charities aligned with Child Welfare. After meeting with Itumeleng Makwela, the chief social worker at Gauteng Child Welfare, we identified a number of recipient charities and invited them to the warehouse on 5 July to view the contents,” Rheeder continues.

She says that there was much excitement and anticipation as Zeenith Domingo from Alberton Child Welfare, Mavis Sehoshe and Pretty Sambo from Simunye Child Welfare, Vanessa Carels from Benoni Child Welfare, Mykie Heymans and Zolani from Meyerton Child Welfare, Sasa Matsobane and Itumeleng Makwela from the Child Welfare Ekurhuleni Provincial Office, Kerry-Leigh Wright the Founder & Director at Hope, Faith & Grace, and Vincentia Dlamini xx from Kids Clinic Boksburg gathered at the warehouse.

Rheeder says that Commercial ICT will be responsible for coordinating the distribution of the donations – Toy stands (Train and Car), office furniture, tables, clothing rails, baskets and decorative items – over a number of phases. Hudaco Group sister company – Astore Keymak – will be responsible for the transportation of the goods were required by the charities and these services will be supplemented by HP Transport as needed.

“We will be holding meetings with other charities that were unable to attend the Phase 1 event, as there will still be a huge amount of material available after Phase 1 is completed. It is quite mind boggling that this content is on the bottom floor of the warehouse only. The second floor, which holds approximately the same number of donate-able items, will provide material for future phases,” says Rheeder.

Rheeder adds that while this alone is thrilling news, what is even more heartening is that Pan African Shopfitters has committed to providing access to an ongoing supply of material in the future. Commercial ICT and Astore Keymak are similarly committed to ensuring that this material continues to reach the hands of those in need at these charities.

“Many of us are aware of the amazing work that the various Child Welfare offices do in protecting the rights and ensuring the wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable members of our society. In a similar vein, organisations like Kids Clinic, which provides children exposed to trauma and sexual abuse with the help they so badly need; and Hope, Faith & Grace, which is currently setting up a new house in Springs for the critical skills development of teenagers, are playing such a critical role in uplifting vulnerable children. We hope that this outreach project will provide the selfless staff at these charities with some hope in these rather desperate times,” says Rheeder

For more information contact Commercial ICT, +27 (0) 10 590 6177, info@commercialict.co.za, www.commercialict.co.za