With South Africa facing many challenges, such as unemployment and poverty, the upliftment and improvement of the quality of life for many is dependent on partnerships and initiatives that are motivated by good corporate citizenship.
Enterprises at University of Pretoria Trust works closely with initiatives that support social upliftment and entrepreneurial ventures.
E at UP Trust sponsors football jerseys
12 April 2013
Above: E at UP Football Club Team
The E at UP Football Club has kicked off 2013 with a sponsorship of apparel from Enterprises at University of Pretoria Trust.
The football league takes place as part of the UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science Community Outreach Project (COP). One of the main objectives of the league is to increase the spirit of ‘Ubuntu’ – not to force the youth to behave positively but to teach and encourage positivity by example.
“We are overwhelmed by the response we received from E at UP Trust,” says Boikanyo Maluleka, E at UP FC’s Team Manager. “We are truly thankful. The players are excited and grateful and even more motivated that the company believes in us,” he says.
The focus of the COP is to reach out to the youth and make them feel involved and part of their communities. The project has proven successful in Hammanskraal with about 300 kids involved between the ages of 13 and 21. “Our team has recruited talented teens like 17-year-old Frans Malo from Atteridgeville and 18-year-old Smangaliso Makena from Mamelodi to play as part of our team,” says Boikanyo.
“We’re pleased to support an initiative that is giving back to the community,” explains Deon Herbst, CEO, E at UP Trust. “We are looking forward to an invite for the next match,” he smiles.
According to Boikanyo, the team is set out to have fun, get active and spend some worthwhile time encouraging and challenging the youth while they’re at it. “And we’ll make sure to put on our best and dedicate a goal to Deon,” he concludes.
EDU-Kinetics receives E at UP sponsorship injection
21 January 2013
From From left: Deon Herbst (CEO, E at UP), Marlene Venter (Owner/Director, EDU-Kinetics), Elmar de Wet (Executive Business Development Manager, E at UP) and standing in front: EDU-Kinetics student
EDU-Kinetics, a centre specialising in the rehabilitation of children and adults with multiple disabilities, has kicked off 2013 with a much-needed sponsorship injection thanks to Enterprises at University of Pretoria Trust (E at UP).
The centre, which mainly focusses on aquatic exercise and hydro therapy in a heated pool, received a sponsorship of much needed artificial grass from the Trust.
“We are extremely grateful for the wonderful donation received from E at UP. It has been a great help in terms of the sensory development and skills that these children and young adults desperately need,” explains owner/director of EDU-Kinetics, Marlene Venter. “The artificial grass makes it possible for the multiple disabled individuals to walk on a smooth non-slip area and it also prevents them from tripping over brick paving,” she continues.
“Supporting our community is vital. We hope through our donation to EDU-Kinetics, we will be able to bring more smiles to children with disabilities,” says Deon Herbst, CEO, E at UP. “We are humbled by the work EDU-Kinetics does and we are pleased to be part of this initiative,” he adds.
Aqua therapy has numerous benefits to the body and fosters self-healing as the warm water decreases pain, muscle guarding, tension and anxiety. “Multiple disabilities like autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy to name only a few are conditions that we have fantastic results with during our aqua therapy sessions. The therapy is very specific and there are only five therapists in South Africa that specialise in this particular form of hydro therapy,” says Marlene.
Remarkable results are obtained after a short period of time (three to four months). Improvements in mobility, pain relief and posture can be observed at an early stage. The impossible becomes possible for both child and parent.