PRETORIA, South Africa — In celebration of Mandela Day, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) employees spent 67 minutes providing support to children with disabilities at the Horizon Care Centre yesterday.
President and CEO of FMCSA Jeff Nemeth hosted employees and teachers and the children of Horizon Care Centre who have inspired FMCSA staff to consistently give back.
Nemeth said while FMCSA spent 67 minutes with children at the centre, “our involvement with the Horizon Care Centre is an ongoing one that extends well beyond this day. Our staff have shown tremendous dedication to the centre and truly embraced the spirit of giving back. Staff regularly collects clothing, stationary, food and toys for them while also visiting the children on a weekly basis.”
The 67 minutes represents the 67 years that former South African President Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice.
The Horizon Care Centre is a training centre for 32 disabled children and in some cases has even assisted disabled adults. The centre is not government subsidised and therefore relies on generating funds through school fees and donations.
“The centre has been going for 30 years and does exceptional work but they need a great deal of support,” added Nemeth.
The Horizon Care Centre was founded by parents who secured a 99-year lease on a vacant property in Silverton and then assiduously approached benefactors willing to contribute towards the construction of the school. However, funding for the centre is always uncertain, further highlighting the importance of the support provided by FMCSA.
“We are eternally grateful to Ford for its continued interest and support,” says Rina van der Heever, School Principle of the Horizon Care Centre. “Staff visit the children once a week and take them out for a walk. The children enjoy being out in fresh air and find it to be extremely therapeutic – it’s something that they look forward to with sincere excitement.”
“We are extremely proud of the work being done by the Horizon Care Centre. Despite the many challenges they face, they continue to provide a safe and happy environment for the children. Equally, I am extremely proud of all the staff at FMCSA who have become a part of these children’s lives and truly embraced the spirit of Mandela Day not just today but throughout the year,” concluded Nemeth.