SKF South Africa recently surprised the Boksburg SPCA with a welcome donation of food and cash collected and raised by the company’s caring staff members.
Global leader in bearings and engineering solutions, SKF, first opened its doors in South Africa in 1914 and, as part of the local company’s 100 year celebration, SKF staff members are encouraged to support various community projects during 2014.
“Organisations like the SPCA, who take care of the needs of those who cannot speak for themselves, are always under tremendous pressure to provide food and care to all their four-legged guests,” says SKF South Africa’s Managing Director, Ian Cillié. “This is why we selected the SPCA, and in particular the Boksburg office as we are based in the Jet Park industrial area, for our second community project in 2014.”
A number of beautifully decorated collection boxes that were spotted all around the SKF offices, clearly reflected the tremendous spirit in which the SKF staff embraced the project. In no time, the boxes, adorned in colourful animal-inspired artistry, and some resembling beautiful dog houses, were overflowing with cat and dog essentials and treats ranging from food, bowls and bedding to kitty litter and toys.
In a heartfelt letter of thanks, Alta Gobey, Chairperson of the Boksburg SPCA, expressed the organisation’s sincere gratitude for the generous donations. Alta writes, “Thank you so very much for the enormous donation of food as well as R500 cash. We are very thankful to the community and a company like SKF and the effort that went into it.” Alta also congratulated SKF on their 100 year celebration which lead the company “to assist us in our plight to feed our pound animals.”
Ian notes that SPCA Boksburg is SKF’s second ‘centenary community outreach project’. “First to benefit from our outreach programme was Legae Day Care Centre with a donation of stationery for their students in December 2013. The need out there is great and this year will see us roll out many more special community projects; this is our way of giving back for the 100 years of success that we have enjoyed in this country.”
In conclusion, Ian says that in addition to the ‘centenary projects’ SKF will continue to assist other needy causes where ever and whenever possible. “In early February, it came to our attention that the South African National Bird of Prey Centre and Wildlife Sanctuary were in need of tyres for their bakkie; SKF immediately came to the rescue and in no time the Sanctuary bakkie was fitted with four brand new tyres. Their valuable raptors and cheetahs could now be transported safely to their new home in Vrede.”