On 10 June 2019 the first group-wide initiative launched for the Halls group. Lula Sandla, which means reaching out a hand or “open hands”, is an employee volunteerism programme, open to all employees and shareholders of the Halls group.

The first adjudication was held on 5 July 2019 and the team awarded three awards to the qualifying and most deserving applications and each received an award of R20 000.

African Angels Trust
Situated in Cintsa near East London, nominated by Rick Tudhope a non-executive director of Halls Investments. The project currently supports 29 young girls from socio-economically disadvantaged rural community by providing hostel accommodation for learners aged between 10 and 14 years. The project is expected to support up to 45 children by 2021. The hostel enables the learners to gain proper education which is key to upliftment.

Arina Jooste
Situated in Bloemfontein, project nominated by Ursula Eckard from HFS Dealer Management Services. The project supports an elderly lady who cares for 8 orphaned children aged 3 to 15 years old. Accommodated in Church sponsored house, they rely solely on her pension and donations. The award provides much needed financial relief and an opportunity to allow the children to enjoy everyday activities with their friends.

The Light of the World
Situated in Mataffin, project nominated and awarded to Tshedza Mine from Fresh Produce. The youth project is focused on developing skills of the youth in our community. Bi annual camp weekends are held during the holidays which address the social issues that affect them. In addition, there is a music programme where the youth meet and practice playing musical instruments, the aim is to offer these musicians an opportunity to play at events to raise funds to continue to support the project. The funds received will be used on music equipment and camp food supplies.

Arina, one of the recipients of the award expressed her gratitude “This award makes a big difference because we can now buy more of the much-needed groceries, manage day to day expenses better and pay fees for additional activities such as civvies day. I now have fewer financial worries and could be more available for the children physically and emotionally.”

“This Initiative shows how one act can have a ripple effect of benefits, touching a whole lot of lives and I would like to encourage all our colleagues to submit projects for consideration for a Lula Sandla Award” continues Ursula as she acknowledges the Lula Sandla award initiative