Blue Turtle – In the Community
At Blue Turtle, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) remains an integral part of our organisations philosophy. We believe that working together with the community ensures a brighter future for all.
The Blue Turtle’s CSR strategy is aimed at encouraging growth and development by working with local communities. Our CSR Committee, made up of representatives from across the company, is aligned with various social responsibility programs that focus on Education, Art and Culture, Sports, Health, Environment and Child and Animal Welfare.
Some of our recent initiatives include:
Khayalami Independent School
Who they are: Khayalami Independent School beneficiaries are 100% Previously Disadvantaged Individuals (PDI) who rely on the support or organisations and the community at large.
How we offered assistance: The main focus for this project was to enhance the learning facilities available to the students at Khayalami Independent School. Blue Turtle funded and provided computers and printers for the administrative staff along with desks and chairs for the students.
Yenzani Children’s Home
Who they are: Yenzani is a registered home for abandoned, abused and orphaned boys and girls. The Mission at Yenzani is to give the children a safe home, protect them from secondary abuse and act as advocates of their rights. Yenzani is a Zulu chant that means “Don’t just talk (about it) – do something!”
How we offered assistance: July 18, 2014, brought a jovial atmosphere to the children of Yenzani Children’s Home as we celebrated Tata Madiba’s – Nelson Mandela’s – birthday. Blue Turtle staff brought much cheer by spending quality time with the children and providing gifts and clothes in honour of the Nelson Mandela 67minutes global initiative.
The Paige Project Golf Day
Who they are: The Paige Project is dedicated to funding children suffering from Cerebral Palsy that are in need of equipment or therapy to improve their quality of life.
How we offered assistance: Blue Turtle is a part of an annual Golf Day event, which raises funds to benefit children with Cerebral Palsy and other similar conditions. These funds contribute towards educating the caregivers with necessary skills in looking after the children.
T-Systems South Africa Annual Charity Golf Day
Who they are: The aim of the T-Systems South Africa Annual Charity Golf Day is to raise funds in support of charities with a national footprint. Annually, this golf day event raises R1 million, which is distributed among various charities.
How we offered assistance: Taking the charity initiative ahead, Blue Turtle partnered with T-Systems in May 2012 and is now sponsoring the T-Systems Annual Charity Golf Day event.
President Kruger Children’s Home
Who they are: President Kruger Children’s Home is a registered non-profit organisation, which focuses on providing a loving environment for children from traumatised backgrounds.
How we offered assistance: Blue Turtle is currently involved in contributing to the daily essential items the home requires to meet the needs of these children.
Bits and Bytes Social Club- Charity Golf Day
Who they are: The annual Bits and Bytes Social Club Charity Golf Day is a fundraising day in which nominated charities benefit. An invite is extended to Business Connexion’s suppliers, distributors and clients to join in the effort. In the year 2013, the two charities identified were Amcare and Combined Churches in Africa. Amcare is an organisation that supports 100% previously disadvantaged people.
How we offered assistance: Blue Turtle was one of the sponsors of the annual Bits & Bytes Social Club Charity Golf Day Event, which was hosted at the Blue Valley Golf and Country Club in Midrand on the 29th May 2013.
Art of Motion
Who they are: Art of Motion is a non-profit, high performance, dance and rhythmic gymnastics training centre program. Art of Motion offers training to a maximum of twenty students, which have been selected as a result of their advanced physical abilities and mental attitudes towards sports and the arts.
How we offered assistance: As part of our strategy to train and empower individuals who show significant talent, Blue Turtle subsidises annual fees of a few students who cannot afford the gymnastic training program.
Johannesburg SPCA (JSPCA)
Who they are: The JSPCA is one of the largest animal welfare organisations in the country. Their goal is to make sure that all of the animals in their area are safe, healthy and happy.
How we offered assistance: Blue Turtle sponsors the Johannesburg SPCA, which helps take care of abandoned and mistreated animals.
End of the Year Bonus to our Charities
To help raise additional funds for its various community initiatives, Blue Turtle sends an annual request to our partners and clients to contribute to our social initiatives. In the year 2013, funds received from our clients were split between two organisations: the Yenzani Children’s Home and the Johannesburg SPCA.