Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit and the Steval Pumas joined forces to raise funds for a library they want to build for an orphanage that Tshepiso Phosa adopted in Mataffin called Woodhouse Community Care Base. The home currently provides daily meals for 169 children in the community between the ages of 2 and 19.
Tshepiso Phosa, owner of Milviforce is very committed to this house and she wants to provide the children with the best she can offer them, which is when she realised that there is a need for education and started the library fundraising initiative. Milviforce is the proud fuel sponsor for the Steval Pumas. She signed up with the Pumas in 2016 and the partnership has blossomed ever since. She also provides the “Man of the Match” from every home game at Mbombela Stadium with a fuel voucher. This rugby team wanted to get involved and grew their beards until end May to raise money.
This was the joint initiative of Milviforce’s ambassador, Ryan Nell, one of the Puma stars and Tshepiso Phosa, to get this off the ground and make it a success. “As the Steval Pumas players, we felt that we wanted to make a difference in the lives of these children. Reading is very important. We believe it is the small things that make a big difference,” said Ryan Nell.
For the last six months, the Puma players have been growing beards in aid to raise money and collect books that will be donated towards the library for the children who are living in the impoverished Mataffin area next to their home field, the Mbombela Stadium.
Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit together with The Steval Pumas and the Lowveld Show joined forces and have thus far collected 2 600 books for the children and secured an R25,000 towards a container and more books to make this library dream come true.
Tshepiso is very involved in uplifting the community. Milviforce is challenging the community to bring all unwanted children’s books between ages of 2 and 19 to their petrol station so that it can be stacked in the library. They are still in need of some funds and if anyone wants to donate some money, they have a dedicated bank account for this charity drive.
“Education is key, that’s the one thing no one can take away from you as an individual. Every child in South Africa deserves to be educated. I will always be the difference I want to see in my community. It’s difficult to do it on my own but I’m grateful to be in partnership with the Steval Pumas oin this specific orphanage and I’d like to encourage others to join in on the movement of being the difference with me. Once this library is built in August I’m going to develop my second orphanage, Kungumuso. I’m excited!” said Tshepiso Phosa, owner of Milviforce Puma N4.
Go and drop off all old or new books at Milviforce Puma N4 Nelspruit on the corner of N4 and Hardekool Street or if you want to make a monetary donation, that would be very welcome too.