• #Wintersnuggle Campaign 2014
  • 2014 sees the UTE Force focus
  • Follow the 1965Ride Cyclists

Mission 14: Dargle Primary School



Ute Force brings festive cheer to Dargle Valley Primary School
Posted on November 26th, by admin in Mission 14 – Gallery, Mission 14: Dargle Primary School. No Comments
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 UTEForce spreading the festive spirit at Dargle Primary School

“The principal, teachers and pupilstake 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.

The UTEForce spreading the festive spirit at Dargle Primary School
“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.

Show your support by visiting Chevrolet Ute Force on Facebook and YouTube, or by following us on Twitter @chevroletsa, using the hashtag #UTEForce.

Read more

Mission 20: #Wintersnuggle Campaign 2014



As many South African’s snuggle up this winter, they might forget about the millions of needy children and families without the winter basics, such as a warm blanket or a beanie. As temperatures plummet, let’s focus on finding a way to help spread some warmth this winter. Chevrolet Ute Force, a community upliftment project, in partnership with N3TC (N3 Toll Concession) and Singakwenza, an Early Childhood Development charity organisation, introduces the #WinterSnuggle Campaign, aimed at spreading love to those most in need.

Four Chevrolet dealerships along the busy N3 Toll Route, as well as the N3TC Route Help Centre at the Bergview complex, Harrismith and Singakwenza Education and Health are getting involved to collect blankets and beanies from the public.

The #WinterSnuggle Campaign aims to donate 10,000 blankets to children and families in KZN communities; from Harrismith, through Ladysmith and Estcourt, to Pietermaritzburg. . The Chevrolet Utility Bakkie, the driving force behind this initiative, will start in Harrismith and wind its way along the N3 Toll Route with blankets and beanies on board. The Chevrolet Ute Force partners will start accepting blankets from Youth Day, on 16 June, with bins at each location.

Making a difference is as simple as buying a blanket or beanie, and dropping it off at one of the General Motors dealerships or the N3TC Help Centre. What better way to warm up your own heart this winter than to share the joy of a snuggle moment!

Name Address Phone number Dealership/Centre
Ashwin Nehal 60 Murchison Street
Ladysmith
036 637 2204 Anderson Motors
Eddy Veentsra 164 Victoria St
Estcourt
036 352 3150 Brokensha’s
Mike Hall Jones Cnr Victoria Rd & Pter Kerchhoff St
Pietermaritzburg
033 345 2542 Key Pietermaritzburg
Philip Hawkins 9 Piet Retief Str
Harrismith
058 623 1144 Peter James Motors Harrismith
Isabel Potgieter Bergview Complex
Warden Street
Harrismith
058 623 0860/2 N3 Toll route Concession
Linda Hill The Rotunda
1 Cedara Road
Hilton
033 343 1650 Singakwenza
Read more

Smiling One Launch 2014



After two years of trials and tribulations the Smiling One Foundation in Cape Town has finished its renovations with the help of the Ute Force and the Thorp Motor Group. This was the launch and the community showed there appreciation.

Read more

UTE FORCE Dreamfields Young Park, Port Elizabeth OWF


Posted on June 9th, by in Mission 18 - Posts, Mission 18: Dreamfields.

Chevrolet Utility aka The Ute Force and Dreamfields were in Port Elizabeth recently distributing the One World Futbol. Making dreams come true.

Read more

UTE FORCE Dreamfields Young Park, PE #youbute


Posted on June 9th, by in Mission 18 - Posts, Mission 18: Dreamfields.

Chevrolet Utility aka The Ute Force and Dreamfields were in Port Elizabeth recently coaching the coaches. Making dreams come true.

Read more

UTE FORCE Dreamfields Young Park Primary PE


Posted on June 3rd, by in Mission 18 - Posts, Mission 18: Dreamfields.

The Chevrolet Ute Force, in partnership with the Dreamfields Project, a non-profit organisation that focuses on soccer development, rolled out its coaching workshop in Port Elizabeth recently.

Hosted at Young Park Primary school in Young Park, 16 primary schools from Schauderville and Kwazakhele were invited to participate in the workshop that provided them with basic coaching skills and intra school league training. Thirty teachers and seven General Motors employees participated in the workshop and in turn will develop aspirant soccer stars in their communities.

Read more

Dreamfields: Gallery


Posted on June 2nd, by in Mission 18 - Gallery, Mission 18: Dreamfields.

Read more

Grass Roots Soccer Talent Nurtured in Port Elizabeth


Posted on June 2nd, by in Mission 18 - Posts, Mission 18: Dreamfields.

IMG_0935

Chevrolet Ute Force supports Dreamfields coaching clinic involving 16 schools

Port Elizabeth - The Chevrolet Ute Force, in partnership with the Dreamfields Project, a non-profit organisation that focuses on soccer development, rolled out its coaching workshop in Port Elizabeth today.

Hosted at Young Park Primary school in Young Park, 16 primary schools from Schauderville and Kwazakhele were invited to participate in the workshop that provided them with basic coaching skills and intra school league training. Thirty teachers and seven General Motors employees participated in the workshop and in turn will develop aspirant soccer stars in their communities.

According to Tim Hendon, Chevrolet brand manager, the partnership with Dreamfields Project, has enabled Chevrolet to reach many disadvantaged communities where soccer is popular amongst youth. “Each participant will receive a certificate of completion after the workshop which makes them eligible to coach and arrange intra school league games in the future,” said Hendon.

He further explained that today’s initiative links back to the Dreamfields Project’s goal of supporting the South African Football Association Development Agency’s (SAFADA) 2022 Vision, which highlights the need for coaches and the need of finding and grooming talent. “Chevrolet Ute Force has pledged its commitment to this vision, and provides not only funding but also donates One World Futbol soccer balls and soccer equipment and the use of utility bakkies to reach remote communities,” Hendon added.

Earlier this year Chevrolet donated 55 000 One World Futbol, soccer balls to SAFADA. These balls are nearly indestructible and were designed to withstand gruelling conditions and rough surfaces. “Children train with the balls and are able to play with them over and over again without the fear of the ball going flat, this provides them with the needed training time before playing league games,” Hendon added.

As part of our ‘What do you #PlayFor?‘ campaign introduced in April of this year, we will continue to support communities and the beautiful game of soccer – building the nation through play.

In the spirit of the Chevrolet Ute Force project, which is collaborative in nature and aims to share with people across the country, challenging South Africans to support their communities – a mini documentary of the Port Elizabeth project will be created. Spear headed by the creative team of BoltonInc, cinematographer Louis Bolton has captured the dreams of communities through the Ute Force initiative from day one. Traveling with the team to Port Elizabeth, the KwaZulu Natal native believes that it is through sharing stories that real change can be achieved. He is joined by producer and Ute Force Project manager Bridgette Bolton who oversees the roll-out of the Chevrolet Ute Force project from one community to the next. Dynamic duo committed to changing lives.

South Africans are asked to show their support by getting social with the Chevrolet Ute Force team on Facebook and YouTube, or by following the action on Twitter, @chevroletsa and using the following hashtags #UTEForce #Boltoninc. Fans can also follow @OneWorldFutbol and @Dreamfields to spread the word.

Read more

Ripples for Good: Gallery



Read more

Ripples for Good: Community Project Impacts 130 Schools Benefiting More Than 90,000 Learners


Posted on May 30th, by in Mission 19 - Posts, Mission 19: Ripples for Good.

Ripples for Good, an organisation that focusses on sustainable and environmentally friendly projects in disadvantaged communities, in partnership with Chevrolet Ute Force and Builders, have embarked on a countrywide campaign to introduce more efficient water and electricity systems to schools. Eleven KwaZulu-Natal schools will benefit from this project that started out in Gauteng a few weeks ago.

Read more

1965 Ride Gallery



Read more

Chevrolet UTE Force 1965Ride 2014


Posted on April 7th, by in Mission 17 - Posts, Mission 17: 1965Ride 2014 Tour.

The Chevrolet UTE Force team are on board again this year! Two Chev Utility bakkies will be supporting 30 riders cycling over 850km from Johannesburg to Queenstown. Through sponsorships every kilometre over  the 9 days counts, with funds raised for education in the greater Queenstown area, affording worthy South African youth the opportunity of a quality education.  Departure was this morning, 02 April 2014 from  Life Suikerbosrand Hospital in Heidelberg, and thanks to Chevrolet there will be daily video footage – so follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Read more

1965 Ride 2014 Day 1: Heidelburg to Frankfort


Posted on April 9th, by in Mission 17 - Posts, Mission 17: 1965Ride 2014 Tour.

The journey begins for the 2014 edition of the 1965 Ride. Day 1 took the riders 140km from Heidelburg in Johannesburg through to Frankfort in the Orange Free State. With the wind behind their backs it was an enjoyable ride for the 25 cyclists taking part. All in the name of better education in the Queenstown district. Follow the journey on Twitter and Facebook!

Read more

UTEFORCE West Rand School



Chevrolet South Africa Ute Force teamed up with Maria Botha from Ripples for Good to upgrade the girls hostel at the West Rand School for disabled children.

Read more

1965 Ride 2014 Day 2: Frankfort to Reitz


Posted on April 7th, by in Mission 17 - Posts, Mission 17: 1965Ride 2014 Tour.

Have a look at this amazing video of Day 2 of the 1965Ride 2014. Although it was hard day that saw the 1965Ride cyclists deal with a lot wind, determination and teamwork pulled everyone through. The 1965Ride is an annual 850km, nine day cycle tour between Johannesburg and Queenstown. It is undertaken by a group of passionate amateur cyclists who believe in doing something constructive to secure the educational future of those who need it most.

Read more

1965 Ride 2014 Day 3: Reitz to Ficksburg


Posted on April 7th, by in Mission 17 - Posts, Mission 17: 1965Ride 2014 Tour.

The longest day in the saddle with over 140km completed. A chilly start in Ficksburg the riders meandered through the beautiful countryside to Ficksburg in the Orange Free State. All for better education in the Queenstown district.

Read more

1965 Ride 2014 Day 4: Ficksburg to Ladybrand


Posted on April 7th, by in Mission 17 - Posts, Mission 17: 1965Ride 2014 Tour.

A beautiful South African sunshine day in the saddle. 10 Life Hospital cyclists from Bloemfontein joined the 1965 Riders to show their support for a worthwhile cause.

Read more

1965 Ride 2014 Day 5: Ladybrand to Wepener


Posted on April 8th, by in Mission 17 - Posts, Mission 17: 1965Ride 2014 Tour.

The start of the second half of the tour. After the tough Ladybrand Hill it was smooth riding with improved road conditions all the way to Wepener. Amazing country side and a good short day in the saddle

Read more

1965 Ride 2014 Day 6: Wepener to Zastron


Posted on April 7th, by in Mission 17: 1965Ride 2014 Tour.

A short recovery ride through the Orange Free State to Zastron. Spirits are high amongst the cyclists. The journey is almost over for a worthwhile cause of creating a better future for education in the Queenstown district.

Read more

1965 Ride 2014 Day 7: Zastron to Aliwal North


Posted on April 7th, by in Mission 17 - Posts, Mission 17: 1965Ride 2014 Tour.

Finally in the Eastern Cape. Crossing the Orange River towards our final destination our cyclists averaged 25km/h. Tomorrow is the final push to Penhoek Pass keep on watching and share video far and wide.

Read more