Port authority, anglers bring festive cheer to PE kids
11 December 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201917495
THE Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) Port of PE helped bring smiles to the faces of many less fortunate children recently with the hosting of a #ToysForCharity Fishing Day, a port specific Christmas charity drive.
This partnership with the angling community of Nelson Mandela Bay generated more than 230 toys, which were handed over to three different charity organisations, the In-Safe Hands in Schauderville, Sinako – We Can in Newton Park and the EP Children’s Home in Perridgevale.
The port invited anglers to participate in the fishing day at the Charl Malan Quay through partnership with various fishing tackle shops. The key condition for participation in this rare 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, 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,” said Port Manager Rajesh Dana.
“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.”
The port hosts fishing days every quarter with each day geared towards a different charitable cause. Participants can access more information via the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) social media pages. Participating tackle shops include Trophy Tackle Den, Hook Line & Sinker, Commercial Marine and Cross Current Fishing Shop.