24/04/2019 - News

Clearwater International partners with The Footprints Foundation

Clearwater International is delighted to partner with The Footprints Foundation on the next stage of their ‘Khaya’ initiative. Besides making a significant donation to the cause, the Clearwater team are rolling up their sleeves and readying volunteers from across the UK business to go out to South Africa in October to help across the various live projects

Founded by Bob Holt, The Footprints Foundation tackles problems faced by disadvantaged young and elderly people across the UK and the world. The organisation makes a material difference to people’s daily lives through nurturing and upskilling, promoting society inclusion for elderly people and helping families of individuals with life limiting illness. Current operational projects are focused on South Africa, where the charity is involved in helping various orphanages and also creating better social infrastructure across several locations.

Clearwater’s efforts will be concentrated on the building of a ‘Khaya’, in a squatter camp in Orange Farm, Johannesburg; transforming a derelict building into a new multi- service community centre, the fourth centre of this kind created by the charity. The centre will act as a hub for the community, where hundreds of people in need will be fed, schooled and provided with essential healthcare, making a real impact on people’s lives in an area subject to high levels of deprivation and social challenges. The Clearwater team will also be bringing supplies of many essentials; from personal hygiene items to clothes to educational resources in order to bring further benefit to the community during their visit.

Alexandra Taliadoros, Fundraising Manager at The Footprints Foundation, commented: “The entire Footprints Foundation is delighted to collaborate with Clearwater International in order to achieve lasting change in Orange Farm, Johannesburg. Through Clearwater International’s support, an educational and community resource will be made available to residents of the township, which looks to promote education and health services - ensuring wellness of body and mind for the individuals and families.”

Bob Holt, Director of the Footprints charity, added: “I am delighted to be partnering with Clearwater for an educational and community project in South Africa. Clearwater has shown kindness and engagement in getting this project off the ground, to impact and support a group of people much in need.”

Richard Ellis, Associate Director at Clearwater International and project lead for this initiative, said: “It’s a privilege to work with such a fantastic organisation as Footprints on this flagship project where our team are getting involved personally in a hands on way, making a tangible difference to communities. We hope to help the charity towards achieving its goals and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Footprints.”

Clearwater International has a strong CSR agenda, with a Foundation Trust in place to enable support for charitable initiatives on an ongoing basis and through which the company has been able to support a multitude of causes. The team is also proactive in personal involvement in other charitable activities, for example volunteering with Manchester Camerata and taking on The Three Peaks of Saddleworth challenge, raising money for Mahdlo.

Phil Burns, UK Managing Partner at Clearwater, commented: “The team here at Clearwater International is passionate about getting involved and doing their bit for charity and this is a mark of our personable approach – a key value in our business that we fully embrace in all aspects of our work.”

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