20 July 2015
The Orange Farm loveLife Youth Centre, a multipurpose recreational venue to help young people develop a positive lifestyle, will receive a makeover on Monday, 20 July, when 100 Amalgamated Beverage Industries’ (CCBSA) employees descend on the township as part of the company’s Employee Volunteer Programme. The initiative is also part of their Mandela Day commemoration.
The work that CCBSA volunteers will carry out on Monday, includes painting the interior walls, painting of mural arts on the exterior walls of the Youth Centre and new markings on the sports grounds for netball, volleyball and indigenous games. The existing outdoor concrete tables for indigenous games such as Morabaraba will also be painted and new outdoor benches will be built. Volunteers will also install a new signboard at the Centre.
CCBSA Corporate Affairs Director, Tshidi Ramogase, says: “We believe the time dedicated to helping Orange Farm youth will inspire them even further when they see the renewal of the facilities they use. We are confident that the hours CCBSA volunteers are investing will continue to attract other youth in the community to the Centre, as it will now be more functional and purposeful.”
The Orange Farm Youth Centre was established in 1999 and is being used by loveLife for its outreach programmes which incorporate various platforms such as sport, arts and recreational activities to promote the development of inspirational ideals among the youth. The Youth Centre attracts more than 70 young people per day, depending on the school holiday season.
The CCBSA Employee Volunteer Programme is a company-wide Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative that aims to make every day Mandela Day. In 2014 alone over 1 677 employees participated in 20 Employee Volunteer days. “Through the Employee Volunteer Programme, CCBSA employees donate more than 13 000 hours to community service every year. The company invests in the region of R5 million annually in this programme,” concludes Ramogase.