Motoring: Volvo Teams Up with Springboks and Angels Again
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Whether it's designing cars, inventing seatbelts or naming their crash test dummies (the newest addition is Bob, by the way), Volvo's people-oriented attitude reflects in all the company's ventures. With safety as one of its core values, Volvo Cars strives to always put people first. And as such, Volvo Car South Africa will once again team up with Jacaranda's Good Morning Angels and their Kick for Cash charity campaign with MornÃ© Steyn.
Jacaranda's Good Morning Angels radio show is renowned for its heart-warming moments when guests on the show are surprised with gifts or donations that they truly need.
Volvo Car South Africa has agreed to tackle a wager with Springbok Fly Half, Morne Steyn, who will have to kick up a storm during the 2010 Super 14 Rugby Tournament – with Volvo Car South Africa making a donation to Good Morning Angels for each successful kick.
Volvo Car SA has agreed to give R100 for Morne's first kick, R200 for the second, R300 for the third, and so forth. If Morne misses a kick, it'll start from R100 again (but the accumulated money won't fall away, it just keeps adding to the total). Each new match will once again start at R100. The accumulated money will go to the Good Morning Angels Fund.
This isn't Volvo Car South Africa's first partnership with Good Morning Angels - recently Volvo helped Berno Haarhoff get a little closer to his dream of someday earning a paralympic Gold.
As a result of a similar wager with Morne Steyn and the Angels team last year, and in the true spirit of "There's more to life with a Volvo. That's why you drive one", Volvo Car South Africa recently donated the R22 000 raised to Berno Haarhoff. Haarhoff is a member of Team Icexpress, a group of amputee athletes competing in various sport disciplines.
Berno Haarhoff is one of four brothers, raised in Belfast in Mpumalanga by single mom, Zennie Haarhoff. Haarhoff lost his right leg above the knee after a two year battle with cancer. As a young SA Gymkhana athlete, hoping to make a living as a nature conservationist, this was a physical and mental blow.
But Haarhoff was determined to achieve his dreams despite this setback and when he received a generous donation of R 70 000,00 for a specialized prosthetic limb from Good Morning Angels at the beginning of 2009, he vowed to make the most of this opportunity. His goal is to represent South Africa in the 2012 Paralympics in London.
When Haarhoff was invited to Jacaranda again, he was under the impression that it was simply a follow-up interview related to his previous visit. What awaited him, however, was an excited group of supporters including Springbok Fly Half, Morne Steyn; his kicking coach Vlok Cilliers; Johan Snyders from Icexpress; and Janette Cavanagh and Craig Roberts of Volvo Car South Africa.
As with any professional sport (but more so when expensive prosthetics are necessary), Haarhoff and his mom have struggled to meet the financial demands. And prosthetics are expensive – especially the fast kind. Last year Haarhoff had to borrow a prosthetic blade, similar to the one used by Oscar Pistorius, in order to qualify for the SA Athletics Championships that take place in Port Elizabeth later this year – and this certainly called for a further 'Good Morning Angels' surprise.
During the show, when Haarhoff received his R22 000 Kick for Cash Donation from Volvo Car South Africa. Craig Roberts did the honours and informed Haarhoff that he would also receive a Cheetah Blade (manufactured by Icexpress) worth R25 000 courtesy of Johan Snyders from Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics. This, along with James Small's donation of R2 000, meant that Haarhoff walked away with R49 000 worth of donations.
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