Corporate Social Responsibility
R21 Corporate Park: CANSA Fun Walk
On the 10th of October, more than 70 companies participated in the CANSA fun walk situated in the R21 Corporate Park, with over 900 participants walking the set out route, raising awareness for Cancer. Adding our bit to raise funds for CANSA, more than R100 000.00 was raised during the event. CANSA was so surprised with this initiative that they want to implement this as a national movement.
Pea's in a Pod
The Pretoria-based place of safety, opened its doors to young girls who have fallen victim of gender-based abuse. Dr Annali Swanepoel, founder and CEO, realized the need for a therapeutic safe house as she counselled young victims of abuse across Pretoria and its surrounding townships.
Pea’s in a Pod proved immensely successful in charting the way to recovery for young girls and work closely with Social Workers and the South African Police Force. Since inception, over 60 girls have benefited from Pea’s in a Pod and the home is 87% black based consisting of 15 girls between the ages of 4 and 18 years old with two housemothers looking after them.
The home required assistance in repairing their outside bathroom and in addition to that, our staff assisted with:
- Assembling and fixing of some cupboards
- Assembling of towel railings, soap baskets etc. in their bathrooms
- Repainting of the outside bathroom area
- Applying wall stickers in bedrooms etc.
With our current economical state, our Golden-Agers find themselves in dire straits, whether they were fortunate enough to plan for retirement or not. Investment firm Allan Gray looked at the rate at which its clients were drawing down on their retirement annuities and found that about 70% are likely to run out of money before they die. Middel & Partners Pretoria East, Centurion, Ermelo and Polokwane office reached out to three underprivileged old age homes by giving their time to lend an ear and package their love in a care pack that consisted of: a knee blanket, hand gloves, bed socks, biscuits, sweets, coffee, sugar, tea and a litre long life milk. During the outreach, we've managed to hand over a total of 150 care packages to residents residing in Manger Marine, Lions Haven and Mothwa Haven respectfully.
Blanket and Beanie Drive
In collaboration with SAICA, Middel & Partners Somerset West joined the cause of donating blankets and beanies to keep out the winter chills for those not able to do so. The cause ran from 25 June till 13 July with the aim of collecting 100 items at each of the allocated SAICA collection points. Monetary donations were welcomed in order to buy additional blankets and beanies on behalf of clients, not able to donate in time. Our donation helped SAICA to exceed their goal and happily reported the collection of over 453 blankets and 260 beanies that was distributed to City of Cape Town Safe Space project, Tygerberg Hospital children’s ward, Healing Hands Foundation in PE and Youth Solutions Africa (YSA) respectfully.
LSEN (Learners with Special Education Needs) School
Striving to be a leading school for learners with special educational needs, The Gateway (LSEN) School in Ruimsig is dedicated in preparing learners to live a dignified life and assisting them to reach their full potential. Aimed to equip each learner with knowledge, skills and a high set of values the Middel & Partners Johannesburg and Carletonville offices gave their 67 Minute “Outreach” during November 2016, by joining the kids in some general exercise. Each employee led a group of 15 learners in a “walkathon” around the School grounds. The kids received some refreshments at the end of the walk and enjoyed the company of much enthusiastic Middel & Partners employees.
Kungwini Welfare Centre (Paul Jungnickel Home)
The Paul Jungnickel Home looks after 140 adults with varying disabilities and provides stimulating activities and the necessary care based on each residents’ individual needs. During August 2015, Middel & Partners Centurion assisted the home in preparing for their annual Christmas market and spoilt the residence with some gifts and much needed blankets. The staff interacted with the residents by participating in some of the Home’s activities and enjoyed some soccer with those that had the ability to play with.
The Hanna Charity and Empowerment Foundation, registered in 2008, believe in the potential of people living in poverty. Their mission is to take hands with the poor and marginalised the people of South Africa. They provide personal attention and direct benefits to children and their families so they may live with dignity, achieve their desired potential and participate fully in society. Middel & Partners Centurion, visited one of the Day Centres for underprivileged children during September 2014 and spoiled the kids with gifts and hotdogs. The staff interacted and played with the kids during the day and some of the staff revisited the centre with jungle gyms.