GVD South Africa – baie baie dankie #Oraclevolunteers !
By Maria Sandu on Jan 18, 2014
#Oraclevolunteers from various locations in South Africa dedicated their time on the Global Volunteers Days to the community. Read on this article by Robert Harris to see what contribution they made to the society.
Oracle South Africa’s smallest office, in Durban, spent Global Volunteers Day helping the Food Bank South Africa, a registered agency that focuses on addressing food insecurity in South Africa. Volunteers contributed food items including 270 kg of rice and 144 x 400 g canned fish. The agency sees to it that the food is distributed appropriately to the various needy communities – schools, pre schools, old age homes, drop in centres, HIV and Aids centers. Oracle selected a number of Pre Schools as beneficiaries of their donation.
This year volunteers spent the morning of the 19th of October at Prinshof School for the visually impaired and blind in Pretoria. They are in desperate need for maintenance support so GVD was the perfect match. Almost 100 volunteers turned out and formed sub groups.
Some painted two of the dormitories and the 50 meter long passage. whilst also scrubbing the floors. Others spent the day fixing up and decorating a little TV lounge (cleaning, furnishings, couches, TV etc.).
Yet another group planted about 200 square metres of grass in the very sandy play area and helped to scrape down and re-paint the playground equipment. Cleaning up a very dense garden area and rebuilding a broken wall were all part of the day too.
The catering team made sure everyone had food and drinks to keep them going and plenty of donations from employees made this project so much easier. The school principal and teacher(pictured) were happy with the result and called for the volunteers to return whenever they could!
Oracle Cape Town
The 2013 GVD for the Cape Town team, was held on Saturday, 19 October, with a team of 23 dedicated volunteers participating in renovating and painting a toddler room, entrance and play area as well as creating a beautiful space for the newborns, with all needed baby furniture, storage and décor.
The team chose the Tehillah Community Center in Elsies River as the non-profit organisation; this being a home serving children, coming from difficult backgrounds and drug related families. This year was to be the biggest GVD the team organized in the last 8 years and with a budget of $300 only, it was clear that personal and financial contributions were sorely needed to make this one a huge success!
With an additional amount contributed by the small office (excluding all the toys, baby clothing, cots, and furniture received) and the 7hour free labour, it was possible to create two beautiful murals (with the help of external volunteers), having a WOW effect for both teachers and children in the home.
Sister Klein was speechless and repeatedly said: “baie baie dankie!!”