Colette McKune, Group Deputy Chief Executive at ForViva writes...

Later this month members of the ForViva team will be heading to one of the most impoverished communities in South Africa, a township called Lehae in Johannesburg.

In South Africa 5 million people have AIDS. A generation has been wiped out by this disease, having a devastating impact on communities like Lehae.

Most children are brought up by their grandparents as a result.

Over the course of a week, 30 of our staff are going to be working with the children and their families to help build a community centre that will provide a lifeline for them. The centre will offer the opportunity for them to learn new skills and gain an income.

The project is run by The Footprints Foundation, a charity that aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the UK and around the world.

Staff have done a terrific job of fundraising £36,000 for the charity, it’s been a real team effort. We’ve had a whole host of activities going on including a race night, football tournaments, car wash days and more.

The support we’ve had from partners has been fantastic too. They have given their time, donated money and generous prizes for auction.

And our colleagues have helped us to prepare for the work we need to do there by training us in bricklaying and other vital skills before we go.

The ForViva team and their friends and families have also collected basic items for us to take over to Lehae that the people there desperately need; such as spectacles, sanitary products and shoes for the children.

Our goal is to make a really positive impact on people’s lives in Lehae with the new community centre we will help to build.

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to make this trip possible.

We will be posting regular vlogs throughout the week we are there and look forward to sharing our experiences with you.

And don’t forget to follow @forviva_group and @colettemckune for regular updates on Twitter.

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