Social Responsive Initiatives
At the start of each year, ICTS selects several social responsibility initiatives that they will support during the year. Run by the ICTS Training and Communications team, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.