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Social Responsibility Initiatives

ICTS social responsibilityAt the start of each year, ICTS selects several social responsibility initiatives that we will support during the year. Run by representatives from all ICTS divisions, fundraising activities are linked to fun events that help to bring the ICTS staff together. This includes selling cupcakes, stickers and badges, dressing up, and running competitions.

 

2018

ICTS Pink Drive

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ICTS ran a Pink Drive in October. During this month, we collected funds for two participating organisations: Pink Drive, and CANSA. Over a limited period, staff could donate to their managers' collection jars. The top team won a free lunch from ICTS, while the top three managers had to dress up as a superhero, wear pyjamas to work, or have their team spray their hair a different colour. To boost the fundraising efforts, we also sold pink ribbons and cupcakes. In total, ICTS staff raised close to R5,000.

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ICTS Pink Drive - manager poster ICTS Pink Drive - manager dress-up ICTS Pink Drive - manager poster
Owl House Project

Each year, our oceans are being filled with millions of tons of plastic. To help make a small difference in the war against pollution, ICTS ran an initiative to collect plastic which was recycled and used to build conservation products. Over an extended period, staff brought in clean plastic (bottles, packaging, containers, straws, plastic bags, etc) which was then used in the Owl Rescue Centre's Owl House Project.

ICTS Owl House project

 

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2016

Children’s Hospital crayon collection

The Red Cross Children’s Hospital is a second home to many young children suffering from an array of serious health issues. To help make their time in hospital a little more fun, ICTS staff collected colouring books and crayons to the value of R2000 – which we handed over during a visit to the kids.

Red Cross Children's Hospital sign 2016  Red Cross Children's Hospital entrance 2016 Crayon Collection 2016
Mandela Day

Following the crayon collection for the Children’s Hospital, ICTS ran a successful Mandela Day initiative at the same location. However, instead of packing in 67 minutes on one day, the campaign was spread across an entire month – where ICTS staff members visited and spent time playing with the kids. Many of the children at Red Cross don’t have family or friends who are able to visit them regularly, so during this month, ICTS staff were able to consistently provide them with companionship for a short while – reading to them, helping them colour in, and playing games with them.

Mandela Day visiting group 2016

 

IT training for non-profit organisations

Similar to the 2015 training initiative, ICTS trainers again provided hands-on IT training for workers from various non-profit organisations – including the Department of Child and Adolescent Health, Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association (FOCHA) and Islamic Relief. The training, which included critical skills in IT literacy and MS Office, was well received and has had a positive impact on the work of those who attended.

Non-profit organisation training 2016

2015

Operation Smile

The Smile Foundation helps to organise free corrective surgery for kids with facial abnormalities. ICTS staff sold badges and cupcakes and ran a hugely successful ‘Guess the baby’ photo competition to raise R1500 for this noble cause.

Smile Foundation campaign 2015
Smile Foundation campaign 2015 
IT training for NGOs

The Goedgedacht Trust and Mustadafin Foundation are two local NGOs that provide vital support to rural and impoverished communities. Recognising a need for hands-on IT training, the ICTS trainers hosted two weekend workshops to equip their volunteers and school teachers with critical skills in IT literacy and MS Office. The participants thoroughly enjoyed the training and were eager to learn even more at a later stage.

NGO training 2015

 

Dassenberg Horse Rescue Centre

The Dassenberg Horse Rescue Centre cares for abused and abandoned horses (and other animals). ICTS sold purple ribbons and collected donations amounting to R700, which were used to buy bales of hay for the horses and dog food for the rescued dogs that the centre also looks after.

NGO training 2015