Despite the doom and gloom created by the recent Budget, two Waterford businesses have shown that the spirit of giving is still alive and well in the region. Hasbro Ireland has kindly donated board-games and toys to Respond Housing Association for their South African projects. The games, along with hundreds of Christmas boxes donated by Respond residents, will be delivered to vulnerable South African children in time for Christmas.
Respond spokesperson Aoife Walsh is delighted that Hasbro Ireland is supporting the work of the housing charity in South Africa and said that some of the countries poorest children will benefit from their kind donation.
“The contribution by Hasbro Ireland will have a real impact on some of the children from our South African projects. Since we began our work in South Africa in 2007, we have witnessed some extreme poverty and deprivation. Many of these young children do not have adequate housing, food or clothing not to mention games or toys to play with. Being able to provide these children with a gift this Christmas is a huge boost for everyone involved with the project.”
Hasbro Ireland was also delighted to be associated with the work of Respond in South Africa. According to HR Manager John Lennon, it was lovely to be in the position to help brighten the lives of some of the world’s poorest children.
“When Respond first approached us about this project, we didn’t hesitate in getting involved. Hasbro Ireland realises the impact these games can have on vulnerable children in the poorest regions of South Africa. We have all witnessed the hard work of Respond in Waterford since the organisation was founded in the city 27 years ago and we would like to wish them all the best with South African projects.“
Respond has established house building, community building and training initiatives in the most impoverished regions of South Africa. With a core team of volunteers and local staff, the organisation aims to provide people and communities with the resources and skills to improve their community and their lives.