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Bikers ride in to help street children

Two bikers from De Beers Group’s Venetia mine have ridden to the aid of homeless young children sleeping on the streets of Musina.

Fortune Kutumela and Louis Mashinye saw the children while the pair were out on their motorbikes and were deeply touched by the conditions they were living in.

Louis said: “I could not sleep at night after visiting some of the places where these young children live. I kept thinking about how a young child was trying to fall asleep without so much as a blanket for comfort. That was when I realised that we had the power to change things for them, if we could just pull together.”

So the two diamond ambassadors encouraged members of their biking club to make donations towards blankets for these vulnerable children. They also approached companies to seek support for them.

The result was that bikers from across Limpopo Province joined Louis and Fortune to hand over blankets, clothes, food and sanitary towels to the Musina Resource Centre for Vulnerable and Orphaned Children. They also received donations totalling R20,000 from fellow bikers, as well as from a range of corporate sponsors.

Their actions won high praise from De Beers Consolidated Mines. Corporate Affairs Manager Josephine Pieters said: “We are incredibly proud of our diamond ambassadors Louis and Fortune for identifying a worthy cause and rendering their personal funds and time to touch lives. More importantly, they advocated for their charity and inspired others to support them. This spirit of collaboration and purpose is what employee volunteerism is all about.”

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