The Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of PE brought smiles to the faces of many less fortunate children in a unique way this festive season. The #ToysForCharity Fishing Day, a port specific Christmas charity drive, bears testament to the warm hearts of Nelson Mandela Bay anglers.
This partnership with the keen angling community of Nelson Mandela Bay generated more than 230 toys, which were handed over to three different charity organisations today. They are the In-Safe Hands in Schauderville, Sinako – We Can in Newton Park and the EP Children’s Home in Perridgevale.
The port invited the angling community to participate in the #ToysForCharity Fishing Day at the Charl Malan Quay on Saturday, 16 November 2019, through partnership with various fishing tackle shops. The key condition for participation in this ideal fishing opportunity was the donation of toys to the value of at least R100 to gain entrance onto the quay for a day of fishing. People had to hand their toy donations in at the tackle shops, with their cash slips serving as the admission fee in exchange for entrance tickets to participate.
With safety being paramount in the port, rules applied to these quarterly fishing days to ensure a safe and pleasant experience for all. No alcohol or drugs are permitted onto the premises however, participants can enjoy a charcoal braai on their own braai stands. Fishing permits are compulsory with a maximum of 250 participants allowed entrance on a first-come-first-served basis. Emergency services are always present throughout the day as well as port security officials to ensure Zero Harm to our anglers, port assets and the environment.
“Allowing access to the Charl Malan Quay on a quarterly basis, is in line with our vision of transforming the port into a “Smart People’s Port.” More importantly, it allows the port to be creative by including the community in these events to contribute towards the less fortunate people in our city. As a result of the continuous participation in our fishing days, the Port of PE managed to put smiles on children’s faces who otherwise would not have received a gift this festive season. We would not have been able to do this without the generous hearts of the Nelson Mandela Bay angling community,” said Rajesh Dana, Port Manager.”
The Port of PE hosts fishing days every quarter with each fishing day geared towards a different charitable cause. Participants can access more information via the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) social media pages. The PE tackle shops, who always assist with the logistics of making these charity fishing days a success, include Trophy Tackle Den, Hook Line & Sinker, Commercial Marine and Cross Current Fishing Shop.
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