Volkswagen volunteers upgrade Walmer Primary School

  • Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) upgrades Walmer Primary School
  • Employees give off their time to support “Show of Hands” volunteer programme

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) employees and their families gave off their free time this past weekend to make a difference at Walmer Primary School.  Nearly 100 volunteers spent their Saturday to refurbish facilities at the school.

Walmer Primary School is located in Walmer township and has 1515 learners from Grade R to Grade 7. The school was chosen by the Volkswagen Community Trust Committee after evaluating three schools in the area to determine a school that needed immediate assistance.

A team of local contractors assisted with all the preparation work such as installing a new jungle gym, tiling, plumbing, general cleaning and maintenance.  The VWSA volunteers came in and completed the painting of classrooms, murals and other items such as tyres in the play areas, the jungle gym, painting of fences, doors and door frames.  The volunteers also assisted with planting trees, flower beds and gardening.

“I am always amazed by how much can be done, in a couple of hours when you have dedicated and passionate who wants to make a difference. This makes me proud to be part of Volkswagen and I salute all the volunteers that were part of today’s event. We are definitely not just a car company but a company that wants to make a difference in the community,” said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director: Volkswagen Group South Africa.

The Show of Hands Volunteer Programme is an ongoing initiative under the Volkswagen for Good campaign. To date, over 1 700 volunteers have given off their free time to be part of 19 Show of Hands initiatives held in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. The Volkswagen for Good campaign focuses on education and youth development.