Avis donates to the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital
Avis donates a vehicle to the Nelson Mandela Children's HospitalAvis Rent a Car is pleased to announce the donation of a vehicle to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH), contributing to the realisation of Nelson Mandela’s dream of improving the quality of life of all South Africa’s children. Children are the life blood of our nation, and it is a priority to ensure that they are healthy and strong.
Avis Rent a Car handed over a Toyota Quantum to the hospital on 23 May 2018. The event was held at NMCH in Parktown, Johannesburg.
Avis Rent a Car has a longstanding relationship with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. To realise Mandela’s dream the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust began its fundraising in 2012, and on 18 July 2013, Avis Rent a Car handed over a small vehicle to the hospital to help with their awareness drives and generate funds for the construction of the hospital.
In June 2017 the hospital started phasing in its operations, receiving referred patients from Gauteng academic hospitals. This highlighted a need to support patients and their families-travel to the hospital to receive the treatment they needed and return to the referring hospital.
Avis Rent a Car heeded the call and decided to donate a permanent vehicle, a Toyota Quantum, to transport non-critical patients and their parents to and from the hospital.
Rainer Gottschick, Chief Executive of Avis southern Africa, says, “Avis Rent a Car is humbled to be a part of this great initiative and serve the hospital, to ensure that Nelson Mandela’s legacy lives on. The golden thread that runs through our various CSR initiatives is to uplift communities where we operate, and to create a future generation of leaders in South Africa. The donation of the Toyota Quantum is in line with our brand promise that people are more important than cars. Furthermore, it reminds us of the importance of giving back to the communities that we operate in.”
Dr Mandisa Maholwana CEO of NMCH says: “Avis Rent a Car has been an avid supporter of Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital since the capital campaign stage. With the hospital operational, new needs arise in our patient care journey, and we are truly grateful for the support of this new vehicle to transport patients and their families. With this donation, Avis shows not only their support for the immediate needs of the hospital, but ultimately Madiba’s hope of access to quality healthcare for all.”