A group of Engen employees played their green thumbs forward when they visited the Alexandra Disability Movement (ADM) in August, demonstrating their gardening skills by revamping the centre’s vegetable garden and planting a variety of vegetables and herbs.
Engen Corporate Social Investment Manager, Mntu Nduvane says: “We also handed over a cheque for R30 000 with a donation of beanies, scarves, blankets, ponchos, garden equipment, pots, linen and some groceries.”
ADM is a non-profit organisation based in Kew, just outside Alexander. What sets ADM apart is that it is run by the disabled for the disabled.
ADM founder, Jerry Ntimbane thanked Engen for working with them and sharing ADM’s mantra that disability does not mean inability.
“We focus on training our fellow disabled people to be self-supporting and we do this through three key projects: Self Help Association of the Disabled in Alexander (Shadax); Pillsbury Day Care Centre and the Thuthukane School for the Blind,” says Ntimbane.
Engen’s General Manager: Corporate Affairs, Tasneem Sulaiman-Bray says the company is encouraged and inspired by its employees who gave of their time by volunteering.
“As a company committed to community involvement and social upliftment, we thank our employees for being ambassadors of our brand and reinforcing our ongoing commitment to co-create an equitable society where persons with disabilities can share access to every sphere of educational, work and social life.
“It is through our small contribution that we hope to forge a future that is inclusive of all people and creates conditions where dreams can be achieved and a brighter future for all South Africans can be manifested,” adds Sulaiman-Bray.