Perspex SA gets involved in community hours project
When Perspex SA Managing Director, Stuart Hughes heard about a project that helps connect the youth with NGO’s needing volunteers he knew it was something the company wanted to be a part of. Community Hours SA is an online platform that encourages volunteerism and engages communities. It brings students, schools and charities together by encouraging them to register on the website where they have the opportunity to help each other. Founders of the organization, Karen Landi and Marina Constas both have high school going children and are passionate about instilling a sense of volunteerism amongst the youth where instant self-gratification is becoming more prevalent. Many schools also require students to log community hours as part of their service awards and life orientation programmes and communityhourssa.co.za enables students to log these hours using their cell phones.
Recently, Community Hours SA along with Greenpeace Africa and the University of Johannesburg’s Strategic Communication Department hosted a NGO think tank at the UJ Soweto Campus. The goal was to unite NGOs around the country and improve volunteerism. Instead of working in isolation the aim was to help organisations to partner with each other, share ideas and increase the level of volunteering. Perspex SA put their hand up to sponsor the food for the 200 delegates. “We buy into their vision and knew that the one day think tank would have lasting impact and wanted to help in whatever way we could”, said Hughes. The day was a huge success and it’s likely to become an annual event because it brought like-minded people that are committed to uplifting communities together. Many NGOs are struggling to keep going and face similar challenges, so coming up with a way to connect the youth and broader community with projects that are close to their heart is what Community Hours SA is all about. Founders, Landi and Constas recently won the LeadSA ‘Hero of the month’ award in March which has only fuelled their commitment to raising the bar of volunteering in communities around the country.
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Pictured left: – Robyn le Roux (left), the facilitator on substance abuse receiving a certificate as a token of appreciation from Karen Landi (right) from Community Hours SA.
Pictured right: – The organisers, facilitators, speakers and delegates at the NGO think tank held at the UJ Soweto Campus.