Like all deserving youngsters setting out to make their mark on the world, Nkosinathi Nombiba and Terence Dias reckoned they’d get there faster, safer and more stylishly, with a decent set of wheels. The difference is, these guys belong to a very large family – the nurturing SOS Children’s Village family inPort Elizabeth– so Goodyear instead played fairy godmother and set them up with two zooty scooters.
Goodyear has placed the Village high on its list of community investment priorities for many years, providing financial support for projects from educational toys for the kindergarten to sponsored traffic safety days and helmets for the kids who ride bicycles to school. Ann du Toit, Goodyear’s Brand Communications Co-ordinator, said the scooters would help the two young men to become self-sufficient adults.
“Nkosinathi is a third year student atNelsonMandelaMetropolitanUniversity, with plans to specialise in conflict and mediation, while Terence completed a diploma in business management and entrepreneurship last year and is currently looking for employment,” she said. “Nkosinathi lived with the Village for more than 14 years and Terence for more than 21 years before moving out. The scooters have given them mobility and independence, helping them evolve and contribute to society in their own right.”