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VOLKSWAGEN RETURNS TO ALEXANDRA TO GIVE THE GIFT OF MOTION
|Date: 15 Jun 2018
||Author Type: Press Release
|Author: Volkswagen South Africa
|Source: Volkswagen South Africa
- School children,
Community Policing Forum and health workers are beneficiaries of 300 Blue Bikes
donated to the community in Alexandra
Johannesburg – As the maker of people’s cars’, Volkswagen puts people at
the heart of what we do, by playing a vital role in driving people forward.
"Under the banner of ‘Volkswagen for Good’, we seek to provide motion with
meaning to South Africans. Through Volkswagen’s partnership with Qhubeka, we
continue to transform hope into reality with the simple gift of bicycles,
“ said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group
South Africa (VWSA).
Through Volkswagen’s Blue Bikes project (Bicycle Education Empowerment
Programme) and the continued partnership with Qhubeka, an organisation that
provides custom-made bicycles to improve communities access to schools, jobs
and clinics), Volkswagen aims to make a positive and tangible difference in
communities. Volkswagen’s return to Alexandra to distribute more bicycles with
Qhubeka and the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is key to continuing the
relationship with these communities.
The 300 bicycles distributed will help schoolchildren to travel more easily
to and from school, improve the community policing forum (CPF) volunteers’
ability to do visible security patrols in the area, and enable healthcare
workers to service more households daily that care for the infirm and assist
with medical defaulter tracing.
Last year more than 90 bicycles were distributed to schoolchildren,
health workers and CPF community members in Alexandra. "We’re so pleased
that the partnership between the organisations has enabled us to give back,
once again to this deserving community,“ added Schaefer.
The bicycles have been funded through a Rand-for-Rand matching
mechanism, whereby VWSA matches funds from CoJ. VWSA is a long-term supporter
of Qhubeka and have funded more than 2 000 bicycles in 24 schools throughout
South Africa that are part of Qhubeka’s education programmes.
like this one, we continue to see invaluable examples of how bicycles can help
to transform communities, we hope to not only mobilise South African
communities, but help ensure a better future for all who live in the country,“