Currently I am spearheading the launch of a brand new initiative at Doubell Machines as part of “Going Green”. This is something that I’m really excited about as the environment is something I care deeply about. As a manufacturing business, we release a lot of carbon when we make the machines. This is bad for the environment. To reduce our carbon footprint, for every ten Jumbos we sell we are adopting a penguin from SAMREC. SAMREC is an organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of African penguins. They have a beautiful facility in Port Elizabeth located in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve.
Over the weekend I judged a freeze flash mob at my hometown’s beautiful seaside entertainment complex, the Boardwalk. It was a flash mob as part of the Salvation Army’s anti-trafficking campaign to stop human trafficking.
Last weekend I had the honour of being a judge at the Mzansi Magic Market Day in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Market Day is an M-net Cares initiative. It was previously known as “KTV Market Day” and is an entrepreneurial day for children between the ages of 7 and 15. The TV station was there to document the whole day. Below is a picture of us, the judges of the talent show, with the film crew. P.E.’s regional winners for the talent show were two boys who danced to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”. They are twins and their performance was incredible. They will now compete online, per a video entry, and voters will decide!
In 2013, the population of South Africa was 52.98 million people. Of those, there are an estimated 9 million people below the poverty line (less than $1 a day). I can’t hope to change all their lives but I can make a difference. I just look around and it’s easy to find places where I can offer assistance. Every charity deserves exposure. I hope to put the spotlight on some of the ones I have come across. I am in the fortunate position to be affiliated with the Rotary Club of Algoa Bay, as my mother was the President (2011-2012) and is now the AG for District 9370.
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