SA’s favourite fuel brand, Engen has committed fuel worth R2 million annually for the next three years to Gift of the Givers. The cheque handover to Gift of the Givers was attended by Engen Chairman, Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal Abidin, Engen Managing Director and CEO, Yusa’ Hassan and members of its executive leadership team.
The essence of Gift of the Givers Foundation is to bring hope and restore dignity to the most vulnerable. According to Yusa’ Hassan, CEO of Engen “Their quick response in the event of disasters, from droughts to floods, their wide reach, and the fact that the organization offers humanitarian and unconditional relief influenced Engen’s investment”.
Gift of the Givers Founder and Chairman, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman highlighted that their convoys travel long distances across the country to deliver relief to those South Africans most in need and the enormous value of the fuel partnership becomes obvious considering that the organization offers relief in areas of South Africa such as KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Limpopo, and the Northern and Western Cape.
“Already this month we have been in Alice in the Eastern Cape providing relief to victims of the flooding; Calvinia in the Northern Cape where farmers and farmworkers have no resources available for themselves or their animals; Graaff-Reinet to provide items crucial for the survival of drought victims; and Ntinini in KwaZulu-Natal to feed the hungry, amongst others.
Dr Sooliman commended the fuel company for their generous commitment and said that it will make a significant difference enabling them to strengthen their ability to make an impact to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people across South Africa. Engen’s support of the Gift of the Givers is the latest in a series of multi-million-rand investment from the company towards humanitarian aid across South Africa in recent years.
Engen has previously collaborated with Gift of the Givers on projects such as the March 2019 call for help from the drought-stricken Makhanda community, after the town had been without water for a long period of time.