Zeelandia gives wheels to Brownies & Downies
Brownies & Downies South Africa has received a car from the Royal Zeelandia Group to provide transport for young people to Brownies & Downies training locations in Cape Town.
Zeelandia South-Africa has been involved as sponsor of Brownies & Downies since their start-up in South Africa three years ago by providing free supplies to create bread, rolls and brownies which are sold to their customers as prepared meals.
When the Royal Zeelandia Group held its annual Leadership Conference in Cape Town this March, Brownies & Downies prepared lunch for the delegates and CEO Michiel de Ruiter offered to buy them a vehicle. This was a major need for Brownies & Downies as the young workers with Down syndrome must be fetched from and returned back to their homes in the evening as they cannot use public transport on their own due to their disabilities.
Brownies & Downies is a non-profit organization which originally was founded by one of Zeelandia’s customers in the Netherlands who saw the need to support children leaving school with Down syndrome. They started Brownies & Downies in the Netherlands with a restaurant where these youngsters are being trained in food preparation and interacting with people.
Picture shows Managing Director Wade Schultz (r) of Brownies & Downies South-Africa who receives their brand new ride from Zeelandia, presented by Francois Eksteen (l), our MD South-Africa.
Brownies & Downies branched out to South Africa in 2015 and started the same concept in Cape Town, run by the daughter of the original founder. They have an agreement with the Spar retail group in Cape Town, who offer these young workers with Down syndrome a job in a Spar store after completing training at Brownies & Downies. In this way the organization has helped many of them to find a place in society.
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