ABB and customers help play centre in Phoenix

2014-03-28 - The Phoenix Play Centre in a needy community near Milnerton, Cape Town, started the New Year with brand new washroom and toilets provided by ABB and its customers.
The centre began in a rundown shack in Phoenix, a township close to ABB's office in Cape Town. The centre caters for up to 30 children ranging from three months to six years old. It's an important facility for parents in the area who need a place for their children to be taken care of, and educated, during the day when they are at work.

The donation came about when ABB had its golf day in Cape Town last year. Customers were encouraged to purchase "Mulligans" (Mulligans are a "free" shot) and to contribute to in raising charity funds via a fun fine session during the prize giving. ABB undertook to match the funds raised by customers and over R9 600 was raised.

ABB Regional manager Mike de Swardt approached the team in Cape Town with a proposal to sponsor the centre because the organisation had approached the company. Employees agreed and plumbing suppliers were involved in providing the washroom and toilets for the children.

“A big thank you to ABB and its staff for the assistance in equipping Phoenix Play Centre with ablution facilities," said Samantha Makaphela, owner of the children's centre.

The centre will now be more hygienic and will realise greater income generation because it will be able to cater for additional tiny tots from the community.

"Phoenix started out in a very run down, shambles of a shack and with the generosity of wonderful friends, family and companies like ABB, Phoenix can now brag with a brand-new school with electricity and very decent ablutions, something they have never had before," says Ms Makaphela.

ABB's CSI programme has a very clear focus on technical skills development, supporting projects that tie in with its core business and that generate income in needy communities. ABB also supports projects identified by employee volunteers and customers.