SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Raymond Ackerman's Generosity
Recent Western Cape Business News
In celebration of his 80th Birthday yesterday, founder and former Pick n Pay chairman Raymond Ackerman has boosted Pick n Pay’s nationwide Incubator Campaign with a donation of R500 000. In addition, he has donated R1 million to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the fundraising arm of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and a further R500 000 to the Raymond Ackerman Golf Academy, situated at the Clovelly Golf Club.
“The founding philosophy of Pick n Pay, and that of our family, is that doing good is good business and it is never more true than now, that what you put into our children’s future, you get out. I urge all individuals and businesses in South Africa to support initiatives which help shape the future of so many children in Africa. It is not a choice but rather our responsibility to give our children a future,” Ackerman says.
Ackerman’s donation to the Children’s Hospital Trust sets the stage for an expansion strategy to raise funds for projects outside of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s hospital doors in 2011. Research conducted by the Children’s Hospital Trust into the gaps in paediatric healthcare confirmed that needs exist outside of the Hospital which require funding ranging from paediatric safety education to child rehabilitation.
One half of Ackerman’s donation will be allocated to the first Trust expanded-reach fundraising project; the equipping of four METRO Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulances with additional specialist paediatric equipment. This will improve EMS pre-hospital and inter-hospital services rendered to Neonate and Infant patients in the Western Cape province. The remaining R500 000 will go towards building a Paediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic (PIDC) and Clinical Research Unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
Ackerman donated a further R500 000 to the Raymond Ackerman Golf Academy, situated at the Clovelly Golf Club, which was established to teach children from a disadvantaged background how to play golf as well as life skills.
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