General Motors South Africa, along with our team from Williams Hunt Port Elizabeth and players from the Chevrolet Warriors Cricket Team, visited the Esinelitha Day Care Centre in Walmer, Port Elizabeth today to carry out volunteer work in support of Nelson Mandela Day and the 67 Minutes for Madiba campaign. The Esinelitha Day Care Centre, which takes care of 71 toddlers in the Walmer Township area was adopted in 2012 by General Motors and Williams Hunt Port Elizabeth as part of the GM Childlife Foundation project.
The volunteers cleaned up the facility, including the toys, books and mattress store rooms and gift packs were given to the children, which included much-needed items like stationery, a beanie, a fleece jersey and a ruck sack along with a guaranteed smile-inducing sweet hamper.
“The additional help and especially the warm clothing came as such a surprise and it means all the children can now come to the Centre warmly dressed,” said Mama Joyce, Founder of the Esinelitha Day Care Centre. The Centre, which was painstakingly built from nothing by ‘Mama Joyce’ is widely supported by Williams Hunt PE already benefitting from a R55 000 facility upgrade and a monthly grant from the GM Childlife Foundation.
“Our friends at the Esinelitha Day Care Centre immediately came to mind when we were making our plans for this year’s 67 Minutes tribute to Madiba. We take great pride in supporting the Centre and our volunteer efforts are extremely heart-warming, especially when we get to see Mama Joyce and her children with big smiles on their faces,” commented Wilson. “We would like to thank our colleagues from Williams Hunt PE who stepped in with GMSA employees to make a difference on this significant day, and we send all our well wishes to Tata Madiba on his 95th birthday.”