Soweto, Johannesburg – May 13, 2013 – Young children from the Othandweni Orphanage were treated to a fun afternoon of music with the Chevrolet Ute Force team, a community focused project aimed at helping children to grow through play and skills development.
The purpose of the gathering was to showcase the importance of music for children’s development and to provide media, bloggers and volunteers with an insight into what the Be Sharp Beetles music classes entail. The Chevrolet Ute Force team, as a sign of commitment to the children and the orphanage, will be providing music classes weekly for the remainder of 2013 with the support of the Soweto franchise of Be Sharp Beetles. The project started in March and will run until December 2013.
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The 2013 Kaya FM Blanket and Jacket Drive kicked off this week with support from the Chevrolet UTE Force team. Unathi Sigabi from Chevrolet SA joined popular Kaya FM DJ, Bob Mabena and Chevrolet SA Brand Ambassador, Natalie du Toit at the first drop-off in Soweto yesterday (2 July).
With the coldest months in Gauteng being July and August, the yearly blanket and jacket drive is a welcome relief for many needy South Africans.
Five homeless shelters and three needy children’s homes have been identified by Kaya FM for this year’s Drive, which will run until 19 July. The Chevrolet Ute Force Utility vehicles will be used to transport the blankets and jackets from the stations home in Parktown North to the various locations across Gauteng. Over 1500 blankets and jackets will be donated over the two week period.
The yearly goodwill campaign is designed to lend support to needy homeless shelters and families in Gauteng, and calls on corporates and listeners to get involved by donating jackets and blankets, or by providing cash in order for Kaya FM to buy these items.
Sigabi concluded, “The Chevrolet UTE Force project is a community focused initiative that aims to lend assistance to needy organisations across South Africa. Our involvement in the 2013 Kaya FM Blanket and Jacket Drive will allow us to not only donate blankets but to also provide a much needed service to the cause, which will make a positive impact. We thank Kaya FM for this opportunity to get involved, and we look forward to the 2014 project.”
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Chevrolet Ute Force and Dreamfields have partnered to roll out soccer development initiatives across South Africa in support of needy school children. The Free State Province was selected for the launch of the partnership and the first hand out of the indestructible soccer balls, in support of the One World Futbol campaign. Sport helps create better schools and better schools build stronger communities.
What the indestructible spirit means
Indestructible spirit – of communities, teachers, principals, children, Ute Force team – to make a difference in the lives of South African youth by providing platforms where they can learn, play, interact and grow.
The Ute Force team have selected two schools because of their passion and dedication to making a difference. The Ute Force project can only be as successful as the partnership forged.
Why is soccer important for Chevrolet
Globally Chevrolet supports soccer and the development of the sport. Chevrolet have been a long standing supporter of the One World Futbol campaign, which sees impoverished communities across the globe receive support, mentorship, equipment and indestructible soccer balls – thus enabling children to learn through the joy of play, and curbing the violence and criminal behaviour.
What is the Chevrolet Ute Force project about
The Ute Force team empowers communities to help themselves; they impart knowledge, skills and usable tools so that these communities can sustain projects on their own and feel empowered by helping their community. It is essential that the project is 100% sustainable and supported by the local community. The purpose of the Chevrolet Ute Force initiative is to lend assistance and build communities via youth focused projects – they are after all the future leaders, soccer champions and change-makers of our country.
Here are some of the pics from the Petrusburg event:
Chevrolet Ute Force and the Ripples for Good Foundation have again partnered to help needy children. The Dargle Valley Primary School in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands was selected as the team’s final project for 2013 in order to spread festive cheer while giving the school a facelift in preparation for the New Year.
Several volunteers from the Chevrolet Ute Force project, Ripples for Good Foundation, local General Motors dealerships and Builders Warehouse stores volunteered their time and skills on Tuesday 27 November undertaking the mammoth tasks of waterproofing the school’s roof, painting the exterior and interior of the school, and replacing broken window panes. Teams also cleaned up the garden area, and then planted a new vegetable garden to support the school’s feeding programme.
“Acting principal Maureen Mavizela and her staff of six teachers invest much time and effort into providing the school’s 96 pupils with the very best education in a nurturing environment, despite tight budgets and limited facilities,” said Tim Hendon, Brand Manager, Chevrolet South Africa. “We were inspired by their dedication, so the Chevrolet Ute Force and Ripples for Good teams decided to end this year’s journey of making a difference in the lives of South Africa’s children at the Dargle Valley Primary School.”
“The principal, teachers and pupils take enormous pride in their school and its surroundings, and we wanted to encourage them to continue this by renovating the six classrooms and other facilities on the school property,” continued Hendon.
New crockery was supplied to replace items that had been stolen during the September holidays, and doors were reinforced to prevent further thefts. All the school’s leaking taps were repaired, and light bulbs were replaced with energy-saving alternatives, addressing water conservation and energy saving issues that are important to both Chevrolet Ute Force and Ripples for Good.
“Once all the hard work was completed, the volunteers shared a delicious meal with the children and enjoyed the jumping castle, face-painters and other entertainment provided,” said Maria Botha, Founder of the Ripples for Good Foundation. “It is important to remember that children need opportunities to play, dance and enjoy life – this is how they grow into healthy, well-balanced adults.”
Hendon added that the partnership with the Ripples for Good Foundation is just one way that the Chevrolet Ute Force project helps to change lives of needy communities across South Africa. “We encourage all South Africans to get involved in their communities as it is often the smallest changes that make the biggest impact in these impoverished communities.
“It is our priority to empower communities to help themselves by sharing our knowledge and resources to support sustainable development projects, such as Ripples for Good Foundation, that will make a meaningful change in the lives of South Africa’s children,” Hendon concluded.
This month the Chevrolet Ute Force Indestructible Spirit Project focused its attention on supporting thirteen Mpumalanga primary schools in the Bushbuckridge community. Their efforts resulted in the development of an inter-school soccer league for over two hundred children, catering for boys and girls and involving twenty-six teachers. Check out what went down!
In their second provincial collaboration, the Dreamfields and Chevrolet Ute Force Indestructible Spirit Project focused its attention on supporting thirteen Mpumalanga primary schools in the Bushbuckridge community this week. The collaboration will result in the development of an inter-school soccer league for over two hundred children, catering for boys and girls and involving twenty-six teachers.
With the help of the Department of Basic Education in Mpumalanga, the schools were chosen because they displayed an indestructible spirit, even in the face of daunting challenges. Through the Indestructible Spirit Project, teachers and parents from the local community will now have the support needed to further nurture the growth and development of these children by encouraging them to embrace the spirit of soccer, teaching them the importance of team work and discipline.
The Indestructible Spirit Project equipped the thirteen schools with DreamBags, which includes enough boots, uniforms, balls, training and refereeing equipment for a team of 15 players. Each team is responsible for taking care of their DreamBags, and is expected to keep the contents clean and well maintained ahead of each game, further instilling discipline and pride in the pupils.
Included in the DreamBags will be a consignment of One World Futbols, virtually indestructible soccer balls that will be used during practice sessions and skills development workshops. The One World Futbol is designed to endure punishment that ordinary soccer balls cannot, giving needy children the opportunity to play with a ball that lasts as long as their own indestructible spirits.
“Chevrolet places a great deal of importance on developing communities through sport, which is why we are a proud founding sponsor of the One World Futbol Project globally,” commented Tim Hendon, Brand Manager for Chevrolet South Africa. “Our collaboration with Dreamfields allows us the opportunity of introducing this incredible initiative to South African communities, and it enables us, through our local Ute Force project, to stimulate relevant and sustainable change where it is needed the most.”
“The Chevrolet Ute Force project by its very nature is a community-centric initiative that aims to partner with projects such as Dreamsfields to achieve meaningful change, one community at a time. Mpumalanga will be the second province to benefit from this collaboration, after our kick-off in in the Free State in August where twenty-one schools were impacted,” added Hendon.
The Grade 4 to 7 boys and girls were given their brand new soccer kits by the Indestructible Spirit Project during the launch of the league at Barney Primary School in Bushbuckridge on 9 October. Boys and girls will benefit from the development of the league, with a dedicated girl’s league being developed through the initiative.
Chevrolet has teamed up with Dreamfields to use the beautiful game of football to inspire school children at two schools in the Free State province. For more information about our missions follow @Chevroletsa and like us our Facebook page www.facebook.com/Chevroletsa