Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) hosted its annual Corporate Social Investment event at the Granger Bay Hotel School yesterday, where eight organisations each received a portion of just under R2, 5m. The airport contributed roughly R1.1m with the remaining funds of the R2.5m being invested in various community driven programmes, with a focus on the airports neighbouring communities. Yesterday’s beneficiaries included the Earth Child Project, which is a schools based project aimed at benefiting the school, its children and the parents of that particular community. Projects such as producing vegetable gardens, recycling and waste management and selling healthy foods form part of this initiative. Other beneficiaries include Beyond Education which offers a recycle swop shop where children from the community are able to bring their recyclable items and swop it for food, toiletries, clothes and so forth and TRAC (Technology Research Activity Centre), which is a school based programme focusing on improving children’s exposure to mathematics, science and technology. Heart Social Enterprise Accelerator, teaches Non-Governmental Organisations how to become sustainable so that they are able to become profitable with the investments made to their organisation and the SPCA, an animal rights protection organisation that protects and cares for over 100 00 animals every year as well as the Learn to Earn programme, that aims to eradicate unemployment by teaching people how to sew, bake, carpentry among other things so these individuals can start their own small businesses were all beneficiaries today.
“This year Living through Learning and Leliebloem House are two new organisations which have come on board. Living through Learning is a non-profit organisation operating within the education sector in the Cape Town region. They train educators and assist learners with their literacy, studying and school subjects. Leliebloem House, on the other hand, is a residential child and youth care centre for 84 children from troubled families, thus, children in difficult circumstances and in need of specialist care and intervention who come from high-risk environments where very poor and negative socio-economic conditions prevail,” said Deidre Davids, Communications Manager for ACSA CTIA.
“As an airport operator, we especially value the communities in our vicinity so contributing toward the development and sustainability of these communities is very important to us”, added Davids. “We also recently spent over R200 000 in an outreach programme which benefited 10 organisations in the airport’s neighbouring communities and will spend another R200 000 shortly in support of organisations recommended by our staff”, concluded Davids. Organisations wishing to be supported should visit us on www.acsa.co.za and visit the ‘contact us’ page alternatively we can be reached on 021 935 4049.