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Employees of Volkswagen South Africa spruced up a school in a local township. They also packed 25,000 bagged lunches.

As part of the volunteer programme "Show of Hands", Volkswagen South Africa employees and their loved-ones renovated the Human Dignity Centre in Port Elizabeth. The Human Dignity Centre is a safe haven for orphans, vulnerable children and the people who care for them. A total of 25 000 meals were packed by employees in partnership with "Rise Against Hunger", an international charity organisation that is dedicated to eradicating hunger. Additionally the volunteers painted exterior walls, water tanks and jungle gyms to brighten up the Centre.  A water wise garden was also planted. "I am so humbled by our employees giving their personal time to our Show of Hands initiative.  Being able to make a difference to this Centre means that these orphans and vulnerable children have a safe, bright and happy place to come to," said Nonkqubela Maliza, Volkswagen South Africa’s Director of Corporate and Government Affairs. When combined with the volunteer programme at Volkswagen South Africa’s Johannesburg offices, a total of 50 000 meals have been packed by Volkswagen employees this year. This concept speaks to the importance of healthy nutrition in a positive learning environment.