Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers, accepts the Kia Sportage donated by Kia South Africa from Christo Valentyn, GM Marketing at Kia South Africa.
• Kia sponsored Gift of the Givers with a new Sportage.
• The SUV will be driven by the Foundation’s Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman.
• The Sportage will be used to enhance the Foundation’s logistics capability.
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Kia South Africa continued its efforts to support South Africa’s humanitarian services by extending their support for Gift of the Givers Foundation. As part of its continued efforts, Kia SA presented Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers Foundation, with a new Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi EX AWD. The vehicle will be used primarily by Dr. Sooliman as he travels across South Africa on various humanitarian missions in execution of the organisation’s mandate.
Gary Scott, CEO, Kia SA, says: “Gift of the Givers has become synonymous with supporting at risk communities in times of crisis, and as a first responder in many such instances, it’s critical for the organisation to have fast, efficient and reliable vehicles at their disposal. Kia is happy that it can provide just such a vehicle to its founder, Dr Sooliman, in the Kia Sportage.”
Dr Imtiaz Sooliman (left), founder of Gift of the Givers, and Christo Valentyn (right), GM Marketing at Kia South Africa, with Mercia Kroucamp, dealer principal at Kia Silver Lakes in Pretoria, which facilitated the vehicle handover.
Essence of its presence
Gift of the Givers Foundation is the largest disaster response non-governmental organisation of African origin on the African continent. The essence of its presence is to bring hope and restore dignity to the most vulnerable, with its primary focus on disaster response, hunger alleviation, water provision, healthcare, education and social upliftment.
Assistance is provided unconditionally, assisting the needy irrespective of human or animal, race, religion, colour, class, political affiliation or geographic location. Since its inception in 1992, the organisation has been responsible for delivering life-saving goods and on-the-ground support for innumerable people, collectively valued at some R3.2 billion, in more than 43 countries across the globe, including South Africa.
Dr. Sooliman said: “Gift of the Givers deeply appreciates the generosity of Kia South Africa and Motus at a time when vehicle sales and company income have been adversely affected by Covid-19 and the lockdown. The Kia Sportage is the fifth vehicle donated by the group in a one-year period to enhance our logistics capability significantly. These brand new vehicles have added value to our fleet, saving us costs on vehicle maintenance and repairs. No amount of thanks can convey our gratitude for this unbridled generosity in assisting Gift of the Givers perform humanitarian service to all in need unconditionally.”
The branded Kia Sportage donated to the Gift of the Givers Foundation