Bester Community Projects 2015

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community_projects_2015On 5 February 2015 Bester’s community projects were launched with a visit to the South African Guide Dog Association for the Blind in Claremont, Cape Town. Two guide dog sponsorships were handed to them. This organisation (www.guidedog.org.za) does wonderful work to improve the daily living of our blind community, e.g. to provide guide dogs, as well as continuous training and support over a period of ten years for each dog.

In July Mandela Day was celebrated when a project was launched together with the Feeding Action in Stellenbosch (www.feedinginaction.co.za). Our personnel collected essential stationery and groceries for the Laningsliefie Crèche at Neethlingshof, Stellenbosch. When they delivered it, they also spent some time with the children, served lunch and handed out sweets/presents to take home with them. The teachers also received presents to thank them for doing their work so lovingly and passionately.

Bester also got involved in Heart Capital in Kayamandi. They are doing wonderful work in the community. Visit their website (www.heartcapital.co.za) for more information on the various projects aimed at sustainable food security, housing and environmental aspects.

In the past year we participated in the following three projects:

1) ‘Homes with Heart’: job opportunities together with low-cost housing are provided by means of alternative building methods;

2) ‘Food Pods’/’Stellies Bellies’: providing job opportunities with the necessary infrastructure, training and support to grow one’s own agricultural products and to sell it. Bester carries the costs of a monthly order of vegetables for a crèche in Kayamandi. In this way income is provided and at the same time the children get fresh vegetables with the necessary nutritive material on a daily basis;

3) ‘WonderPlant’/Spekboom (also known as Portulacaria afra or Elephant’s food): micronurseries are provided to entrepreneurs to earn an income while reducing the carbon footprint in the environment. This tree grows easily, is edible and full of nutritive material. It is so much more than just a pretty green plant.

Bester personnel celebrated National Arbor Week with a team-building project facilitated by Heart Capital. One hundred spekbome were purchased for the 10 000 Trees Project at Technopark. On 4 September the personnel planted these trees against the fence in front of the head office in Stellenbosch.

In July Bester supported Usiko in Jamestown, Stellenbosch (www.stb.usiko.org) with a donation of supplies for an educational camp. This organisation is a worthy cause that strives to develop the teenage community and to give them the necessary guidance to overcome their daily challenges.

We again participated in the annual Casual Day activities (www.casualday.co.za) in September. Congratulations to the following Bester staff members who received prizes for their outfits depicting the theme ‘Spring into action’: Anuschka Hartlief, Tanya Dramat-Wyngaard, Leon Ekermans and Kevin Robertson. Every year our Casual Day contribution goes to the Stellenbosch Work Centre for Adult Persons with Disabilities where wonderful work is done throughout the year.

If you want to make a contribution to Bester’s community projects, contact Christelle Heil (christelle@bester.co.za).

Christmas parcels for Die Herberg Children’s Home

BexGroup, in cooperation with Arccon, brought joy and happiness to 127 children of Die Herberg Children’s Home in Robertson by donating Christmas parcels to them. It is the fifth year that BexGroup is involved in this worthy organisation where accommodation and loving care are provided to children from birth to 18 years’ of age.

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