SAVRALA Golf Day puts a little Sunshine into special kids’ lives

SAVRALA’s first major event of 2011, our annual golf day in aid of The Sunshine Association, took place on the 16th of February at the Johannesburg Country Club in Woodmead.

Since its inception in 1976, The Sunshine Association, in partnership with families and communities, has been committed to the inclusion and advancement of children with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities and delays.

Sharing smiles with the Sunshine Kids.

Today The Sunshine Association is a dynamic, progressive and innovative Non-Profit organisation in the field of intellectual disability, offering diverse services in direct response to needs identified in communities. What makes this organisation different – other than its obvious passion for children with intellectual disabilities – is a holistic approach and dedicated staff compliment who go out of their way to better understand and service the special needs of these very special children. The Association works hand-in-hand with families and communities, teaching them how to cope, manage and understand the unique challenges that are part and parcel of raising a disabled child. The sad reality is that in South Africa, thousands of disabled children are excluded from social services because communities are unable to cater for children with special needs. For the past 35 years, The Sunshine Association has, through their passionate approach to care giving ensured that these exceptional children are not marginalised but are successfully integrated into families and communities.

With over 124 players participating, the day was a phenomenal success – both on and off the course! Unfortunately the weather was below par, lightening called the game early which meant that prize giving began sooner than expected. MC Andre Watson was highly entertaining, keeping us all enthralled with his stories. Competition was tight but at the end of the day the Ford team of Hugo Delport, Burger Genis, Peter Sunker and Connie Arjoona took third place; second place went to the Hertz team of Mark Raubenheimer, Mike Martin, Roy Lynn and Brent Wilkins, while first place was claimed by the Ford team of Rodney Boy, Charles Naidoo, Mike McCullam and Shane Marais. Well done to you all on some sterling performances!

First place was claimed by the Ford team of Rodney Boy, Charles Naidoo, Mike McCullam and Shane Marais.

First place was claimed by the Ford team of Rodney Boy, Charles Naidoo, Mike McCullam and Shane Marais.

 

Once again, member companies rose to the occasion and there was no shortage of sponsorship in the form of donated prizes and sponsored holes. Special thanks must go to Nissan who were awarded the prize for Best Sponsored Hole. These guys went out of their way to raise as much money as was possible, with Derek Menday winning a Nissan 370 Z for a weekend. On behalf of The Sunshine Association, we salute Nissan for their efforts.

All in all, this contributed to making the day a resounding success, raising a substantial donation for The Sunshine Association. As always, SAVRALA is delighted at the spirit in which members rallied behind this wonderful occasion, given that we are all busy people battling to survive in tough economic times.

SAVRALA extends its thanks and gratitude to the generous sponsors who hosted various holes on the course – a big thank you for contributing to the fun and festivities. Your enthusiasm was greatly appreciated and very infectious!

A special thank you must also go out to the following for their generous sponsorship of gifts and prizes: Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai, Tata, Renault, and Avis Fleet Services.

Linda Kotze and Jonathan Odes hand the Sunshine Association, the charity that SAVRALA has supported for the past 3 years, the healthy sum of R 100 000, 00 during a very emotionally charged hand-over ceremony.

Golf Day in aid of Sunshine Association

It is always such a blessing when an industry gets together and opens its coffers to support a worthwhile cause. On the 24th of February SAVRALA (South African Vehicle Rental And Leasing Association) hosted their annual Golf Day for its members at the Johannesburg Country Club to raise funds and create awareness for the Sunshine Association – a very unique charity organisation.

The Sunshine Association is a non-profit organisation that is committed to the development and inclusion of children with disabilities – intellectual, developmental and physical. What makes Sunshine so unique, is the fact that they works in close partnership with families and communities, teaching them how to cope, manage and understand the challenges that come with having a disabled child. In South Africa, thousands of children that are burdened with disabilities are excluded from social services provided within their communities because these communities are not equipped to cater for children with special needs. For the past 33 years, The Sunshine Association, established by parents, has, through their passionate approach to care giving ensured that these profound children are successfully integrated into families and communities.

SAVRALA’s charity golf day teed off with a packed field of 120 players. The weather was favourable and the support from the members even more so. The day was a roaring success and even saw a hole-in-one scored by Roger Jacobs.

At an enjoyable prize-giving dinner, MC for the occasion, cricket legend, Fanie De Villiers entertained the players with his charm and good sense of humour whilst the prize-giving went on.

The Avis Fleet Service team took third place with 83 points; the second place went to the Ford Motor Company team with 89 points, whilst the first place was taken by Shane Marais, Mark Raubenheimer, Tim Ward and Pedro Semiao, also from the Ford Motor Company, scoring 95 points.

The graceful and radiant Amy Kleynhans (Miss SA 1992-93), patron of the Sunshine Association, presented some of the realities and needs that face the Sunshine Association and explained why it was so important for the Sunshine Association to receive private funding from the likes of SAVRALA.

With the charisma of ‘Vinnige’ Fanie, further money was raised during the evening, as various donated prizes were auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the Sunshine Association.

There was no shortage of sponsorship as member companies donated prizes, sponsored holes and ensured that the Sunshine Association was the real winner at the end of the day! SAVRALA chairman Paul Pauwen said: “SAVRALA are proud of the passionate commitment of its members and although the day was a day of fun for all of us, the outcome, despite the economic recession, proves that our members have their hearts in the right place. We are grateful for all their support.

Winners and sponsors

With over 120 players participating on the day, the day was a roaring success. A big thank you to all members who participated:

1. General Motors South Africa
2. Absa Vehicle Finance
3. Avis Rent-a-Car
4. Ford Motor Company
5. Nedbank
6. Nissan SA
7. Tempest Car Hire
8. Topnotch Car Rentals
9. Toyota, Audi
10. DataDot Technology SA (Pty) Ltd
11. Volkswagen
12. McCarthy Fleet Management
13. Accordian Investments (Pty) Ltd
14. Avis Fleet Service
15. Budget Rent-a-Car
16. Fleet Africa
17. Mercedes Benz SA
18. NJA Fleet Solutions (Pty) Ltd
19. Standard Bank Fleet Management
20. Hyundai Automotive SA
21. Kia South Africa (Pty) Ltd
22. Renault SA (Pty) Ltd
23. Wesbank Fleet Services.

To the generous sponsors who hosted various holes on the course – a big thank you for adding a happy atmosphere to the event:

1. Toyota,
2. Kia South Africa (Pty) Ltd
3. Audi
4. First Car Rental
5. Absa Vehicle Finance
6. Budget Rent a Car
7. Tracker
8. Volkswagen
9. Nissan SA
10. Ford Motor Company
11. Renault SA (Pty) Ltd
12. Europcar South Africa
13. Honda.

With the assistance of Fanie de Villiers, the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, various sponsored prizes were auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the Sunshine Association. Thank you to Dean Prinsloo, Brian Verwey and Greg Mokwena for your support in the auction!

A special thank you to all for the generous sponsorship of gifts and prizes:

1. Mercedez Benz
2. Standard Bank
3. Tempest Car Hire
4. Topnotch Car Rental
5. Kia South Africa (Pty) Ltd
6. Volkswagen
7. First Car Rental
8. Europcar South Africa

A special thanks to Amy Kleynhans, the Patron of the Sunshine Association, for attending the evening and for sharing the special needs and requirements for the charity organisation.

With an array of prizes for every fourball which participated on the day, a special congratulations goes out to the following individuals and teams for their achievement: A hole in one to Roger Jacobs. The Closest to the Pin to Albert Geldenhuys Longest Drive to Shane Marais

In third place, playing for the Avis Fleet Service team, well done to: Tony Jenkins, Albert Geldenhuys, Edward Enslin and Richard McGhee, scoring 83 points.

In second place, playing for the Ford Motor Company team, well done to Paul Kruger, Willem Hill, Wallie Wolmarans and Lovell Smith, scoring 89.

In first place, also playing for the Ford Motor Company team, well done to Shane Marais, Mark Raubenheimer, Tim Ward and Pedro Semiao, scoring 95.

Golf Day nets R50 000 for Marang House

Based in Northcliff, Gauteng, Marang House provides professional medical care in a non-institutional, home-like environment to seriously ill children. Receiving the cheque from SAVRALA president Paul Pauwen is Marang’s Pieter Ernst.

SAVRALA’s 2009 Community Outreach Golf Challenge was held at the Ebotse Golf and Country Estate on Wednesday 25 February. As always, our members put their full weight behind the charity event with 120 players turning out on the day and 10 member companies sponsoring holes. Thanks to all SAVRALA members for their fantastic support of the day.

Our next golfing fundraiser takes place in February 2010.

SAVRALA’s 2008 Golf Day STEPS forward with R100 000

Thanks to the unprecedented support shown by SAVRALA’s members, the 2008 Community Outreach Golf Day held during April in Benoni, raised R100 000 for STEPS Charity.

In a letter of thanks to the association, Karen Moss, CEO of STEPS Charity said she has been amazed by the generosity shown over the past three years.

“It has been an honour to work with your association and members over the past three years and we are so pleased that the golf day has grown in stature and fundraising year-on-year. Without SAVRALA’s assistance, we would never have been able to achieve as much as we have been able to.

“Since receiving SAVRALA’s first donation in February 2006, some of our milestones to date include:

  • 2006: 1st Ponseti clubfoot seminar – Focus on paediatric orthopaedic surgeons
  • 2007: 2nd Ponseti clubfoot seminar – Focus on Public Health
  • 2008: Johannesburg Hospital Ponseti Clubfoot Clinic Project
  • 2008: 1st Annual Clubfoot awareness week 3 – 9 June (Started in SA, STEPS UK then joined us)
  • 2008 – Karen Moss nominated for Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year (Health category)

“These are only the first steps in our long-term programme working with medical professionals to revolutionise clubfoot care for all South African babies, no matter their socio-economic status.

“As you may know, congenital clubfoot is more common in South Africa than the world average and there are around 2 000 babies born here every year that need treatment for clubfoot. Although we are encouraged by our progress, there is still so much more work to do with government as well as private and public health care facilities to ensure that the Ponseti method becomes the accepted standard for clubfoot.

“On behalf of the future generations of clubfoot babies of South Africa, STEPS extends our warmest gratitude to you and all the wonderful members of SAVRALA.

On a personal note, I am so touched by the fact that due to our combined efforts, so many babies have the chance for the pain-free and effective treatment that my husband Steve and I were able to get for our son Alex in the US.

We trust that we will have the opportunity to work with SAVRALA again in the future.”

The 2009 SAVRALA Community Outreach Golf Challenge is scheduled for February 2009.

R30 000 boost for Marang House

For the second year in succession, Marang House was the worthy recipient of R30 000 which was contributed by SAVRALA and its members. Once again, a grateful Pieter Ernst was on hand to receive the cheque from SAVRALA president Paul Pauwen.

Following its winning tradition of the past few years – and in spite of not taking home the Overall Gold award – Nissan South Africa made a donation of R10 000 to Marang House. U-Drive Car & Van Rental contributed a further R10 000 to the organisation.

SAVRALA golf day raises R80 000 for STEPS

MC Neil Andrews (left), Karen Moss, CEO of STEPS Charity and SAVRALA president, Paul Pauwen

For the second year in succession, STEPS Charity was the beneficiary of SAVRALA’s 2007 Community Outreach Golf Challenge which recently took place at Modderfontein Golf Course.

Captured at prizegiving: MC Neil Andrews (left), Karen Moss, CEO of STEPS Charity and SAVRALA president, Paul Pauwen

Since initiating its Community Outreach Programme in October 2002, the Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) has raised in excess of R330 000 and donated it to several deserving charity organisations.

For the second year in succession, STEPS Charity was the beneficiary of SAVRALA’s 2007 Community Outreach Golf Challenge which recently took place at Modderfontein Golf Course.

Representatives from SAVRALA member companies turned out in full force to play in the event with many supplementing their support by sponsoring individual holes, players’ giveaways as well as prizes. It was particularly gratifying to witness the participation by the captains of the leasing and rental industries who turned out in support of the charity event.

At the prize giving, MNet sports presenter, Neil Andrews took to the stage as master of ceremonies and players and their guests enjoyed a good many laughs. The audience dug deep into their pockets in support of the evening’s auction – a major source of the funds raised by the event – and a resounding success.

The winning four ball was hosted by Martin Lydall of Imperial Car Rental and he and his team have committed to defending their title in 2008.

Paul Pauwen, SAVRALA president, handed a cheque for R80 000.00 to Karen Moss, STEPS Charity’s chief executive officer, who expressed her appreciation and congratulated the day’s winners. STEPS is a registered
Section 21 organisation whose objective is to raise funds and provide information and support for babies and children with clubfoot and other lower limb disorders.

“Thanks to SAVRALA and the generous support shown its members and all you here, there is another big winner present here tonight – and that is STEPS.”

Marang House is the worthy beneficiary!

At the 2006 Manufacturer of the Year Awards, an amount of R30 000 was contributed by SAVRALA and its members to MARANG HOUSE, a registered non-profit organisation founded by the late Dr Pieter Ernst in June 1998.

Pictured here is Pieter Ernst Jr (left) who, at the tender age of 20, has opted to fill his late father’s shoes and publicly promote this worthy institution and at the same time, work towards a law degree through UNISA. Newly elected association president, Paul Pauwen hands Pieter the cheque.

And there’s more … during his winner’s speech and on behalf of Nissan SA, Chris Schell, once again agreed to match SAVRALA’s donation to Marang House. Well done!

About Marang House …
Many South African children suffer from life-threatening diseases and are not fortunate enough to have home environments that will facilitate their recuperation and restoration to normal health. The core objective of Marang House, situated in Northcliff, Johannesburg is to provide these children from disadvantaged backgrounds with a stable home environment thereby enhancing their likelihood of full recovery and improving their chances of fulfilling their dreams.

With the capacity to accommodate 11 children between the ages of 4 and 14 in the home at any one time, Marang House has celebrated the successful recovery of more than 30 children, with Johannesburg Hospital’s Dr Cecil Levy affirming that more than 70% of the children cared for at Marang House would not otherwise have survived!

For more information on Marang House, log on to www.maranghouse.com

SAVRALA Golf Challenge takes STEPS R60 000 forward!

Celebrating at the 19th hole. From left: Karen Moss, CEO and board director of STEPS Charity, comedian Trevor Gumbi, MC Rose Motene, SAVRALA’s Wayne Duvenage and event organiser, Elaine Montague.

SAVRALA’s 2006 Community Outreach Golf Challenge was held under cloudy skies at Johannesburg’s Houghton Golf Course on 21 February and, by the close of day, R60 000 had been raised in support of STEPS Charity. This is a registered non-profit organisation that assists babies and children with lower limb disorders, congenital hip dysplasia and clubfoot, for example.

Celebrating at the 19th hole, from left, Karen Moss, CEO and board director of STEPS Charity, comedian Trevor Gumbi, MC Rose Motene, SAVRALA’s Wayne Duvenage and event organiser, Elaine Montague.

SAVRALA’s 2006 Community Outreach Golf Challenge was held under cloudy skies at Johannesburg’s Houghton Golf Course on 21 February and, by the close of day, R60 000 had been raised in support of STEPS Charity. This is a registered non-profit organisation that assists babies and children with lower limb disorders, congenital hip dysplasia and clubfoot, for example.

Winning Foursome! The McCarthy Fleet Services four ball comprising Byron Corcoran, Andre Dalais, Robin Phelps and Mark Ogram took 1st prize. Congratulations guys!

At the prize giving, Karen Moss, STEPS CEO took time to screen a short video outlining the invaluable range of services that the organisation affords these youngsters. “We believe that every child has the right to the best treatment and support available, irrespective of his or her economic situation might be. Parents and caregivers also need more support – emotional, financial and factual – to enable them to provide for these children and this is what STEPS has set out to do.

“Treatment in the early years determines the quality of life of these children forever which is why it’s so important that they have the primary care that they need.”

Master of Ceremonies was local actress and TV presenter, Rosie Motene with comedian, Trevor Gumbi providing the audience with some good laughs.

The event was a great success and talk is there may be a second challenge coming up later in the year.

Celebrity pose: MC on the day, actress, TV presenter and celebrity, Rosie Motene took to the course with much enthusiasm. Her handicap? “Golf,” she replied with a grin! Giving her a ‘lift’ on the 1st tee are Wayne Duvenage (left) and Warren Fletcher of Alchemy Financial Services.

Donation To Hospice Association Of The Witwatersrand

Awarded at the Manufacturer of the Year Awards – 28 October 2005 – the  Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand was, once again, the beneficiary of SAVRALA’s Community Outreach Programme. On hand to receive a cheque in the amount of R25 000.00 and give a speech of thanks was Barry Crystal, vice chairman of the Hospice’s board of governors. Paul Pauwen and Sherl Camera officiated at the handover.

During Chris Schell’s winner’s speech, on behalf of Nissan South Africa, he once again agreed to match our donation to Hospice. Thank you and well done Nissan!

SAVRALA tees off in support of Hospice

Celebrities Bruce Fordyce and Amanda Forrow take to the tee at the inaugural Community Outreach Golf Challenge.

On 15 February 2005, SAVRALA hosted its inaugural Community Outreach Golf Challenge in support of the Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand.

In addition to a full field of players, the event attracted a host of local sports and entertainment celebrities and raised R140 000 for Wits Hospice, an organisation which administers a number of care-giving facilities for terminally ill patients throughout greater Johannesburg and Soweto.

Master of Ceremonies was local funny girl, Amanda Forrow while other celebrities who showed their support for the fund-raiser included veteran marathon runner Bruce Fordyce and Springbok rowers and Athens Olympic bronze medallists, Don Cech and Ramon di Clemente.

From left: Neil Johnston, Stuart Murray, MC Amanda Forrow, Leslie Matthews, Dave Allman and SAVRALA rental section GM, Wayne Duvenage. Matthews is also vice chairman of SAVRALA’s rental section.

Tempest Car Hire’s Leslie Matthews and his guests were the winning four-ball on the day. Congratulations!

Hospice Witwatersrand’s Elaine Montague with SAVRALA vice president, Paul Pauwen