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Tru-Cape makes Mandela Day fruit donations

In celebration of Mandela Day, the July 18 birthday anniversary of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing joined many other South Africans in acts of service.

This year, each of Tru-Cape members of staff was located a carton of apples or pears to deliver to a charity of their choice. 44 cartons of fruit were delivered in the Western Cape and 23 cartons Johannesburg making 67. The 67 represents the number of years the former President fought for human rights and the abolition of apartheid.

Athalia Lapoorta who handles local invoicing for Tru-Cape says she selected the Sarepta home for the aged near her home in Kuilsrivier and delivered her carton to Yolandi Visagie. “I often think the aged are too easily forgotten and I wanted to let them know they were in our thoughts,” she says.

Tru-Cape’s Quality Manager Henk Griessel selected the Somerset West Night Shelter in Church Street to receive his fruit donation saying “They do excellent work.”

Creditors Clerk Janine Richer selected the Life Foundation: “I have seen how the Life Foundation has touched the community in the area we stay. We have sowed clothes and other stuff in the past for them.  I hope that we can keep on touching the lives of those who needs it most. I believe we all should get a chance in life, no matter how small it may be. We never fully know how this may influence or touch their lives in the small part we play just by giving.”

Tru-Cape accountant DG Malherbe says: “We planned on supporting our community in Somerset West of all age groups. Huis Vonke is close to our office and we wanted to ensure the elderly were not forgotten.”

Assistant accountant, Francois Archer chose Halli Trust. “My wife told me about the excellent work they do in our community,” he says.

Africa Export Manager, Kobus Jacobs selected the Tygerberg Children’s House. “I decided on them as we work closely with them at our Church. They are doing so much for kids,” he says. 

Tru-Cape’s Johannesburg office donated all their apples to the people serving the aged,

Karina Place, Retirement Village in South Hills, Silwerkroon, retirement village in Raceview, Alberton as well as the Alberton Old Age home. Intern Dian Mulder says “delivering the fruit was a wholesome experience and made me understand that sometimes we may take some of our blessings for granted, I am glad I could’ve helped the community and made another person’s day.”

Tru-Cape’s Managing Director, Roelf Pienaar says: “One of Madiba sayings that left an impression on me was that ‘it always seems impossible until it’s done’.  If I look at the challenges that face our country, which seem to be impossible to overcome, I realise daily that every little bit that we do every day helps and makes a difference in someone’s  life.  It is privilege to give back to the community.”

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