Press release

Spur Foundation Toys for Tots: The Season of Giving at Spur

November 30, 2014

The Festive Season is the season for giving. Time spent with families, ample entertainment and gifts galore. The sad thing is that there are so many children that will not be receiving gifts or love this Festive Season. In a spirit of generosity and the fact that kids is such a huge focus of the Spur Corporation, Spur Foundation will coordinate a national toy collection drive to put a smile on some underprivileged children’s faces.

Between 1 December 2014 and 16 January 2015 collection boxes for old and new toys will be available at all Spur-, John Dory’s and Panarottis restaurants countrywide. These boxes will be allocated to a Spur Foundation beneficiary per province. The beneficiaries are:

  • Gauteng: ASHA Trust: A South African NGO that establishes and supports formal and home-based early childhood centres in economically challenged communities by providing daily pre-school care, meals and educational stimulation for less-fortunate children aged 2–6.
  • Western Cape:
    • Durbanville Children’s Home: A home providing a safe haven for children who have suffered from physical and emotional abuse.
    • Umnqophiso Preprimary: A nursery school and aftercare centre in the disadvantaged community, Lwandle in the Strand.
    • House of Grace: Place of safety for abandoned and abused children who have been through tremendous hardship and previous neglect.
  • KwaZulu-Natal: Durban Children’s Home: A home providing love, care and shelter to abandoned, neglected and orphaned children throughout KwaZulu-Natal since 1905.
  • Free State: Botshelo Centre: A centre aimed to prevent HIV infection and the distribute information relating to HIV/Aids
  • Eastern Cape: Inn Safe Hands: A safe-house and foster home that cares for vulnerable children brought to us from Abused, Abandoned or molestation backgrounds.

Spur Foundation runs this campaign on an annual basis, due to their commitment to the welfare of children in South Africa. The Toy Drive, supported by CourierIT, Longstreet Media and Nampak, collected 77 boxes filled with toys in the 2013 period.

“According to a 2014 National Adoption Coalition Report, there are 18.5      million children in South Africa. Of these       children, 4.5 million live with neither of their parents. Orphans are estimated at about 5.2 million children. Roughly 150 000 children live in child headed households, over 13 000 live in residential care facilities and an         estimated 10 000 live on the streets of South Africa. And that excludes the children that are with their families, but in such dire circumstances where they cannot afford basic necessities, never mind toys,” says Ronel van Dijk, Chairperson of the Spur Foundation.

The Spur Foundation was founded on Mandela Day in 2012, with an initial R670 000 donation from the Spur Group. Spur’s value of generosity and focus on family will be carried through to the Foundation’s various initiatives throughout the year, which focusing predominantly on Nourish, Nurture, Now!

Watch a video from last years Toy Drive:


NAME: Ronel van Dijk, Chairperson of the Spur Foundation and Chief Financial Officer of Spur Corporation Limited
TEL: +27 21 555 5100
TWITTER: @SpurRestaurant #SpurSalutesYou