Bloemfontein, dateline: Cell C employee volunteers are spreading smiles this November with each regional office coming to the aid of organisations and needy individuals as part of #CellCKindness month.
The Cell C Bloemfontein region is supporting Angel Hearts which provides workshops for people with disabilities.
In 2015, Karen Kemp started the non-profit organisation which teaches skills to seven disabled people, allowing them to earn money for their families.
Says Kemp: “Apart from teaching them new hand skills, we equip them with life skills and teach them about business. We also take them out on road trips, and have visited the statue of Nelson Mandela at Naval Hill, the big hole in Kimberley and had picnics at the Botanical Gardens. One day we would like to take them for a visit to the sea. These people, who have previously been ignored by society, also have dreams which we try and fulfil. It is a privilege for us to provide a safe and secure working environment, where every individual can find comfort in being themselves.”
Cell C will purchase more than 100 handmade teddy bear biscuits and Christmas cards made in the Angel Heart workshop and give them to sick children in the Pelenomi and Universitas hospitals, boosting the income of Angel Hearts and bringing cheer to the young patients. They will also be giving Christmas hampers to the Angel Hearts staff.
Says Wiaan Vermaak, Managing Executive: Central Region: “We hope that in some small way we will make a difference in the lives of these inspirational people. It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm of those who work at Angel Hearts. Learning new skills isn’t an obstacle for them, they relish doing it. Being able to earn an income and be useful members of society has transformed their lives. Our team of volunteers at Cell C is delighted to have been able to make a small contribution and bring them some much needed festive cheer.”
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CELL C RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
As a proudly South African company, Cell C ascribes to the philosophy of compassion and kindness as the catalyst for real change. To this end, Cell C has introduced a humanitarian initiative to respond as quickly as possible to crises being faced by communities, humans or animals. November 13, 2017 was World Kindness Day. During the month of November 2017, Cell C is spreading smiles by encouraging acts of kindness.