United Way South Africa Launch

United Way South Africa Launch
PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                         1 June 2017
United Way South Africa launches in Johannesburg, pledging to fight for education, income and health.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 1 June 2017. United Way South Africa, a proudly South African Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that is part of the global United Way Worldwide movement, held its official launch today in Johannesburg.
The organization aims to unite and connect all sectors of society – individuals, businesses, non-profit organisations and government to create long-term positive social change. The NPO advances the common good and creates opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life.
Mr. Amon Maluleke,currently Chairman of a co-op farm in Bertrams, Johannesburg learned business management and technical farming skills through United Way South Africa’s urban farming project. “Farming has long been a passion for me, and through collaborative partnerships with United Way South Africa, the City of Joburg, Deloitte and others; I am equipped to make a sustainable difference in peoples’ lives,” he commented.
Over 100 children from Childline received school bags, stationery and sanitary products for a full school year through a separate education project, highlighted beneficiary Khosi Mazibuko at the launch.
Introduced by MC Ms. Criselda Kananda, popular Metro FM talk show host, the Chairman of UWSA Mr. Thabang Tawarima said, “United Way South Africa is here to provide opportunities that will have a positive impact on people’s lives. Through strategic collaboration between all stakeholders, we provide a collective approach to community impact. We have plans to develop and enhance knowledge, skills and experiences of disadvantaged youth within the targeted communities, to improve their chances of being employable or growing their entrepreneurial ventures. This will be achieved by partnering with strategic players in the market to connect deprived unemployed South Africans to sustainable economic opportunities thereby increasing the health literacy and access to primary health care for indigent South Africans. We already have projects running with several of our partner companies which bear testament to this.”
The organization’s business model is underpinned by strategic collaboration between all stakeholders in communities.  This collective approach to community impact allows the organization to leverage, aggregate, support and expands common development programmes for disadvantaged South Africans.  Collective community impact will bring about long-term sustainable change in South Africa in the areas of education, income stability and health.
Pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly, handed over a $500,000 gift, from past CEO Dr. John Lechleiter and Mrs. Sarah Lechleiter and the Lilly Foundation, to UWSA at the launch. Commenting at the event, Eli Lilly South Africa Corporate Affairs Director, Ms. Belinda Bhoodoo said, “Today heralds the start of a very important and strategic partnership between Eli Lilly South Africa and United Way South Africa. We are indeed proud and honored to work with the organization and believe that together we will enhance education, increase sustainable income and create healthier communities for many disadvantaged South Africans.”
Keynote speaker, Mr. Ashraf Garda, renowned SAfmtalk show host and Founder of Champion South Africa stressed the importance of creating Public/Private partnerships by collaborating effectively around critical community issues to ensure maximum social impact that provides lasting changes within individuals and societies. Champion People Build Champion People and Champion People build Champion Nations.
The local organization enjoys a solid volunteer board comprising of leadership and expertise from several prominent corporates including; Accelerate Performance, Coca-Cola, Cummins, Deloitte, Eli Lilly, Fluor, IBM, McCann World Group, YBK Consulting and 3M.
About United Way South Africa
United Way South Africa is a proudly South African Non-Profit Organisation that is a part of the global United Way Worldwide movement. United Way South Africa (UWSA) unites and connects all sectors of society – individuals, business, non-profit organisations and government to create long term social change. It mobilises the collective caring power of communities to produce healthy, well-educated and financially stable individuals and families. UWSA envisages a nation where all citizens have access to equal rights and economic opportunities. United Way South Africa is headquartered in Johannesburg and employs four staff members full-time and has assistance from approximately three full-time volunteers. United Way Worldwide is present in 41 countries and territories. It advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life. The United Way movement mobilises millions to action – to give, advocate and volunteer.
United Way in numbers:
·         1,800 local, community-based United Ways worldwide
·         2.61 million volunteers engaged
·         10 million individual donors
·         $5.201 Billion USD raised worldwide by the movement annually
·         Presence in Africa includes South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya
Website:          www.unitedway.org.za
Email:              info@unitedway.org.za
Tel:                  +27-11-806-5890
FB:                  United Way South Africa
Twitter:            @UnitedWaySA
United Way South AfricaMedia Contact:
Charlene Lamb, Media Relations Officer
Cell:     071-101-4460
United Way South Africa
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