Ford Engine Plant Brings Christmas Cheer to Port Elizabeth’s Underpriledged Chil The
Ford Engine Plant in Struandale has officially swung into the festive
spirit by hosting a Christmas party for 26 underprivileged children,
continuing its strong commitment to supporting the surrounding
communities in Port Elizabeth.

Twenty children attended the colourful event from the nearby
Laphumilanga Home Based Care Centre in nearby Zwide. This facility,
which is run by Nikiwe Nyamakazi and her dedicated team of volunteers,
cares for orphaned children infected with, or affect by HIV and AIDS.

The Struandale Engine Plant has a strong association with Laphumilanga,
which benefits from ongoing support from the Ford employees. It is also
one of the plant’s dedicated beneficiaries in Ford‘s
annual Global Week
of Caring community investment programme.

Also in attendance were the six children from the Mafiyo family, from
the Veeplaas township north of PE. Ford’s Wellness Team regularly
supports this family, which comprises a 19-year-old daughter, twin
14-year-old boys as well as 5-year-old triplets (two boys and a girl) –
and the father is the sole breadwinner.

Yet life’s obvious challenges seemed of little consequence to the 26
lively and spirited children, as they were treated to a healthy lunch
and refreshments, as well as a tasty muffin and take-away party pack
with special treats.

And what would any children’s Christmas party be without the bearded
man in red? Yes, Father Christmas duly made his grand entrance too, and
each child received presents to brighten their day, and add some cheer
to the end-of-year festivities.

In return, the typically enthusiastic and talented children from
Laphumilanga put on a special Christmas concert for the assembled Ford
employees, providing their entertaining rendition of the traditional
Christmas tale and carols.

As the reigning Tiny Master Port Elizabeth 2009, young Buhle Goba – the
son of one of Ford’s employees – participated in the proceedings, and
also donated a special gift to one of the Laphumilanga children.

“It’s heart-warming to see the delight on the children’s faces when
they see Father Christmas and the gifts,” stated Ivy Appolis,
the Ford
Engine Plant Wellness Consultant.

“It is so easy for us to take Christmas for granted, and even just
receiving a small present, or a couple of sweets, brings such joy to
these kids. It truly is a privilege to be able to brighten their lives,
even by doing something as simple as this.”

Source: PERCCI.

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