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The F. B. Coales Charitable Trust and Denso South Africa – Making a difference – Part 2

Further to the F.B Coales Charitable trust and Denso South Africa contributing to three projects mentioned in Part 1 in December 2023, we are delighted to show you the before and after pictures of two of the projects, whilst the third is underway, as well as some snippets from the beneficiaries.

“My name is Alina Hlongwane. I am from here in Zwelisha. I grew up at home with my mother and father. I grew as an only child because all my siblings passed on and I never met them. Growing with parents without ever attending creche is not something that I encourage. There were no creches around, we went to school when we were seven years old to start class 1 (Grade 1). Having never seen a teacher before or charts. Today, the children that attend creche, they are smart.

“We are so thankful to Denso and Khanyisela for building toilets and putting up ceilings. We did not know ceilings growing up because we lived in thatched houses or those with corrugated iron. When it rains the droplets make a loud sound and you cannot hear what the teacher says. …”

“We admire the work done (building of toilets and cleanup of the rubble/debris) because we are very comfortable at home knowing that we won’t get a report that the children were injured while playing because of the rubble. The environment they are in, is perfect.

The toilets have been very helpful, there are three different sizes, so even the two-year-old children are able to use them independently. We are very grateful to Denso and Khanyisela. They have helped us a lot!” – Nomusa Ndlovu

The F. B. Coales Charitable Trust and Denso South Africa – Making a difference – Part 1

We often take essentials such as space, toilets and the warmth and protective nature of shelter for granted but in the Northern Drakensberg a valuable contribution by the F. B. Coales Charitable Trust and Denso South Africa who have stepped in, is helping provide these essentials to the small pre-schools that serve the Amazizi community.

Denso South Africa currently supports the Khanyisela Projects in the far reaches of the Northern Drakensberg where work is being done to transform communities through quality education initiatives. The Khanyisela Project’s mission is to provide opportunities where children are stimulated, loved, and developed in their early years, building strong foundations for future learning. The Khanyisela Projects currently works to improve the lives of over 650 pre-school children across a wide, remote area in this area of the beautiful Northern Drakensberg. (References: www.khanyiselaprojects.co.za)

Three projects have been agreed upon relating to the buildings and enhancement of the learning environments of the young learners at three separate pre-schools. Over the course of the coming two months or so, these will be completed and, in the next edition we will present the completed projects and the impact they will have.

NEW APPOINTMENT AT DENSO SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Ismail Sheik as Managing Director of Denso South Africa (Pty) Ltd as of 1 July 2023. 

Please join us in congratulating Ismail every success in his new role.

Ismail joined Denso South Africa on 1 September 2011 and has held the following positions:

  • Quality Controller September 2011 – June 2013
  • Laboratory Technician July 2013 – June 2015
  • Laboratory Manager July 2015 – June 2018
  • Technical Manager July 2018 – December 2019
  • Senior Technical Manager January 2020 – June 2021
  • Technical Development Director July 2021 – April 2023
  • Chief Operating Officer April 2023 – June 2023

The Spirit of Giving: The F.B. Coales No.4 (Family) Trust

Over the last 12 months, the F.B. Coales No.4 (Family) Trust has donated over £272,000 to 106 charities; but this is not just a recent endeavour. The Winn & Coales International Ltd. (WCI) group of companies have been donating to charitable organisations for many years – the roots of which can be traced back to a notable figure in our history…

Who is F.B. Coales?

Frank B. Coales was the second Chairman of the company known today as Winn & Coales International Ltd. Paul Winn – the first Chairman and the company’s founder – appointed Frank Coales as his partner in 1933 and gave their names to the company which has continued to grow and prosper.

What is the F.B. Coales No.4 (Family) Trust?

The Trust was set up many years ago by the late Frank Coales as a way of giving back to communities in the vicinity of the company’s head office. As a prominent local employer in West Norwood, Frank Coales wanted to reward and support the many people (and their families) in the local area who had helped the company to develop and thrive.

Who has benefited from the Trust’s donations?

The Trust contributes to fundraising efforts and good causes throughout the UK, with a particular focus on Southeast London and Kent. Some recent recipients include:

  • Bromley Brighter Beginnings (https://www.bromleybrighterbeginnings.org.uk/) who provide essential everyday items for babies and children in Bromley. The Trust donated towards their Christmas Hamper appeal in 2022 which helped to provide 241 families and 611 children with food and gifts for Christmas Day.
  • Lifelites (https://www.lifelites.org/) provide assistive technology packages for children with life-limiting conditions. A donation from the Trust purchased two Soundbeams (https://youtu.be/9WEATHU0Xno) for the Children’s Trust in Tadworth, Surrey.
  • In 2022, a donation was made to Crackerjacks Children’s Trust (https://www.crackerjacks.org.uk/) for the purchase of a Tomcat Trike. Tomcat manufacture custom-built trikes designed to meet the specific mobility needs of its owner. The Trust has supported the Crackerjacks community on numerous occasions and have since donated toward the purchase of another trike in 2023.
  • The Elizabeth Foundation (https://elizabeth-foundation.org/) provide a wide range of educational services for babies and preschool children with all degrees of deafness. The Trust were delighted to support the great work they do and made a donation in February of this year.
  • In 2022, a £35,000 donation was made to the DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (https://www.dec.org.uk/ukraine-one-year-on). In light of the continued war in Ukraine, in 2023 a further donation of £35,000 was made to help with ongoing support to those affected or displaced by the conflict.

What does the future hold for the Trust?

With the continued success of the company, as demonstrated by WCI achieving 140 years’ service to industry this year, there comes a firm and ongoing commitment to honouring the work started by Frank Coales decades ago.

Today, the Trust has three trustees and is a registered charity (no. 1179856) that continues to work with colleagues from across the WCI group of companies to identify worthy causes where a donation from the F.B. Coales No.4 (Family) Trust will make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Winn & Coales International Ltd. Celebrate 140 Years Service To Industry: 1883 – 2023

Winn & Coales International Ltd., leading manufacturer and supplier of corrosion prevention, waterproofing and sealing products, are celebrating their 140th Anniversary.

First established as an import/export house in London in 1883, the company has earned an enviable reputation for supplying high-quality, effective, long-term solutions for its customers problems. It’s well-known brands such as Denso™, Premier™, Archco™, Protal™, Premier Shrink Sleeves™, Steelcoat™, SeaShield™ and Sylglas™ provide effective protection for buried, submerged, or exposed steel and concrete pipes, tanks, and structures. A vast number of industries benefit from the tailor-made solutions Winn & Coales provide, with the company demonstrating a clear commitment to continual improvement of its product offering through innovative research and development, and product acquisitions – a notable example of which being Viscotaq™ visco-elastic coatings in 2021.

Today, Winn & Coales International Ltd. comprises seven subsidiary companies – two in the UK, and one each in the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand – with multiple regional offices, and a network of global agents and distributors. The shared knowledge and experience across the group of companies ensures its extensive range of corrosion and chemical resistant coatings and linings are available almost anywhere in the world.

Winn & Coales International Group Chairman, Chris Winn says, “It is with great pride that we celebrate this remarkable milestone for the company. As we reflect on the last 140 years, we also look forward to the future with tremendous excitement as our continued programme of investment and growth brings new technologies to our customers.”

Winn & Coales International Ltd has donated £35,000 for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

More than 4 million people have fled Ukraine since the conflict began. Leaving behind jobs, belongings and loved ones, they now face an uncertain future.

Intense conflict in Ukraine is threatening the lives and livelihoods of civilians across the country, with another 6.5 million displaced inside the country. Families have been separated. People have been injured. Lives have been lost.

Homes have been destroyed or are unsafe to live in. Critical infrastructure such as health facilities, water supplies and schools have also been damaged or destroyed.

At Ukraine’s borders with Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova, huge numbers of people are arriving with only what they can carry. In many places there are long waits to cross and scant facilities waiting for them on the other side, with temperatures dropping below freezing overnight.

There have also been increasing media reports of racism against people of colour who are being refused access to relief, aid and the right to cross the border to safety.

The DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas. DEC member charities including Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD and Save the Children are responding to the crisis directly or through local partners in Ukraine; while others including CARE International, Christian Aid and International Rescue Committee are working in neighbouring countries to help refugees fleeing across the borders.

Due to the breadth of the DEC membership, they can effectively support a range of vulnerable groups. The immediate and primary focus of the relief effort is to support internally displaced people and refugees fleeing the conflict. DEC charities will be supporting families with cash grants, food packages, warm clothing and shelter.

DEC charities will also focus on ensuring access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. They will be repairing vital water infrastructure; and setting up water points to provide sources of clean, readily available water for people who have been displaced from their homes. DEC charities will also support hospitals and other primary healthcare facilities with water, medicines, and medical equipment; also providing trauma care and protection.

This is a rapidly changing crisis. Events in Ukraine and the resulting refugee movement into surrounding countries will inform the ongoing needs assessments and the DEC member charities’ response.

We are proud to support The DEC, if you would like to read more or donate to this great cause, visit their website here: https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal