Saturday, 18 February 2012

Avis Confirms Its Support for Jumping Kids Charity in South Africa

Travelbags, an annual fundraising event sponsored and hosted by Avis, attracted nearly 350 people from the various sectors of the travel industry. The event, recently held at The Venue, Melrose Arch in Johannesburg had a 'Comedy Night' theme and was filled with unforgettable entertainment, much laughter and heartening giveaways to Avis' chosen charity, Jumping Kids.
Jumping Kids works within local communities providing prosthetic limbs to disadvantaged children. Chief executive of Avis, Wayne Duvenage, says that Avis was drawn to sponsor the Jumping Kids project due to the strong affinity between the company's slogan, "We try Harder" and the determination and courage expressed by the disabled kids to live normal lives despite their disabilities.
Providing a holistic service
Johan Snyders, from Icexpress Progressive Prosthetics, launched the Jumping Kids project in 2009 to provide revolutionary prosthesis to children who had lost limbs, and to date some 32 children have been fitted with new legs. Jumping Kids provides a holistic service including physiotherapy, rehabilitation, occupational therapy and monitoring and maintenance of the prosthesis.
The prestigious and internationally renowned Travelbags event is a monthly travel industry initiative that unites travel professionals and provides them with a platform to network, showcase their products, market their services and create awareness of their corporate social investment programmes.
"We embrace the opportunity to interact with the industry wholeheartedly," says Duvenage. "We are able to harness the energies, interest and corporate concern for those who are less privileged through fundraising, and make a positive and lasting contribution to individuals and communities that change lives, in many cases, quite radically."

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