The Gift of the Givers were given a helping hand from Hyundai on Thursday.
Members of the global humanitarian organisation will be cruising in new wheels after they received two H100 trucks and a H-1 minibus from Hyundai South Africa.
FoodForward, another non-governmental organisation that has made it their mission to distribute food to needy communities during the lockdown, also received three H100 trucks and two Grand i10 Cargo panel vans.
The organisations will use the vehicles to get food to areas where families have no income and where there is a severe food shortage due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Receiving the cars at their offices in Cape Town, the Gift of the Givers director Badr Kazi thanked Hyundai and said the vehicles will assist them.
“We thank Hyundai for the generous donation of three vehicles,” said Kazi.
“One vehicle will be used by our medical workers to travel from site to site to enable us to increase our capacity for medical testing and screening.”
This initiative forms part of the Hyundai Motor Company’s global drive to improve the lives of people who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the CEO of Hyundai Automotive South Africa Niall Lynch said.
The efforts include, among others, the provision of vehicles to frontline personnel to improve their mobility when they need it the most.
“As an automotive company, it made sense for us to donate vehicles available for the transport of food and staff of the two organisations to bring urgent relief to fellow South Africans who are experiencing hunger and hardship due to circumstances that are completely out of their control,” said Lynch.
FoodForward SA, which was established in 2009 to address widespread hunger in the country, is currently working with a range of social partners to feed insecure households.
Andy du Plessis, the managing director of the organisation, said: “In partnership with our various stakeholders, FoodForward SA is committed to scaling up so that households in vulnerable communities receive proper food provisions.
“Thank you to all our food and financial donors for your generosity and for caring enough to make a difference.”
Kazi said the partnership between corporates and NGOs is “critical” because the virus does not discriminate: “South Africa needs to act in unison in order to have a fighting chance of overcoming the pandemic. This support will enable us to meet more challenges coming with more confidence and we are eternally grateful to Hyundai,” he said.