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Employees hand over cheque for charity

SANDTON - Discovery employees from Sandton handed over a cheque for R163 562, 25 to Choc House.

The employees raised the funds during their Glamping4Charity campaign last year. The campaign saw the team climb Mount Kilimanjaro in support of Choc South Africa – and for those who live with cancer and in memory of loved ones they have lost to cancer.

Team leader Linda Perlov, the corporate social investment specialist at Discovery said, “We decided to volunteer and invest our time in training for our climb up Mount Kilimanjaro for charity because we wanted to challenge ourselves and make a difference.

“We believe that each one of us can make a difference, no matter how big or small, that can change the face of our country for the better.” Perlov lost her mother to cancer 15 years ago, so the campaign is close to her heart.

The funds raised by the mountaineering team will be used to revamp Choc House. “Choc houses are homes away from home for children with cancer. They accommodate children who don’t need to be hospitalised, but who need treatment every day,” explained Perlov.

Sophie Ndhlovu, fundraising co-ordinator at Choc said, “We are thrilled a few Discovery employees volunteered their time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Choc South Africa, and raised funds for the renovation of one of our Choc houses in Diepkloof, Soweto. Theirs is a fantastic achievement for notable reasons.”

Perlov added, “It is all about creating shared values between businesses and society that will have a lasting impact on both current and future generations.

“Climbing a mountain was never on my bucket list. I needed to push myself to my limit to understand myself better, and climbing a mountain seemed to be the perfect vehicle to challenge myself and raise funds for Choc in the process.”

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