Bridgestone South Africa

Bridgestone supports orphaned and abandoned babies

Jul 31, 2009

Vulnerable children from previously disadvantaged communities, who have been abandoned, orphaned or born to HIV-positive parents, will benefit from a donation by Bridgestone South Africa.

Impilo, a place of safety for children in need of care from birth to three years of age, is situated in Fairvale, Johannesburg, where it provides a homely environment in the transitional period before the children are returned to their parents or extended family or placed in an adoptive or foster home.

Bridgestone's donation includes a cheque for R10 000 as well as a gift of R5 000 worth of nursery and office necessities. "We have been supporting Impilo for some years," said Bridgestone's Mandy Lovell. "We have a responsibility to the communities from whom we draw our employees and assisting an organisation like Impilo, which provides an essential service to the community, is an integral part of our social investment programme and falls under the umbrella of Bridgestone's global One Team, One Planet initiative. "

Impilo's mission is to protect orphaned and vulnerable children by providing professional service guided by the underlying principle that the child's best interests are served. The aim is to strengthen, protect, preserve and build families in order to achieve the objective of providing children in Impilo's care with permanent families. Impilo aims to provide early intervention services to both parents and vulnerable children and strives to empower mothers to care for their children within their families and communities.

"Thanks to the generosity of our donors like Bridgestone South Africa, we are able to ensure that vulnerable babies and toddlers receive the physical, medical, social, emotional and psychological care they need," said Impilo's Sue Krawitz. "Our objective is to place children as soon as possible into a healthy family environment."

For further information about Impilo, contact Sue Krawitz at msk@global.co.za or telephone 011 640 1343 or visit http://www.impilo.org.za/ .

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