Saturday, May 18, 2024

Lakeside car retailer teams up with charity to combat homelessness

City Harvest

THURROCK Vauxhall retailer, Tony Levoi, with sites in Romford and Thurrock, is delighted to have teamed up with London based charity, City Harvest London, and donated two Vivaro vans to the charity in an effort to alleviate homelessness in the City.

As part of the partnership, the retailer’s very own managing director, Simon Dayes, recently rolled up his sleeves and volunteered with the charity for the day.

While distributing more than eight tonnes of food to those in need weekly, the charity minimises the waste of surplus food by improving the transportation network between donors and the recipient partners. Not only does this benefit those who often go hungry, but it also provides infrastructure to combat mass-scale food wastage.

So, Simon decided to show his support and put his knowledge in the automotive and transportation industry to good use by getting stuck in with the charity’s collection and delivery team. This not only saw Simon help on the ground, but also share his insight on best practise in group-coordinated efficiency.

Simon was so inspired by his experience that he wanted to do more to help the charity and as such has committed to providing a number of volunteers to the charity on an ongoing basis. Staff at the dealerships in Romford and Thurrock will give up their time to do what they can for the charity and volunteer at City Harvest London on the first Friday of every month.

Not content with just supporting through voluntary work, Tony Levoi and Vauxhall supplied two Vivaro vans which will be used to collect nutritious surplus food from all segments of the food industry, and re-distribute it to those who are in most need.

Reflecting on his day of voluntary work, Simon commented: “It was a really eye-opening experience, and it has driven me to commit Tony Levoi’s resources to the efforts of City Harvest London. Not only is it a deserving cause, but it’s an almighty undertaking to efficiently connect donors to their recipient partners. So, we thought donating two of our Vivaro vans was the least that we could do to support the activity of this outstanding charity.”

CEO of City Harvest London, Laura Winningham, comments: “We’re extremely grateful for Tony Levoi’s generous donations and the team’s willingness to support us to help raise awareness of the challenges posed by food waste.”

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