Three Toyota Knights attached to local dealership, Limpopo Toyota were recently recognised for their continued contribution towards improving the lives their fellow community members.
During the annual Toyota Knights Investiture Ceremonya ceremony held at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on 11 March, Nelmar Smit, Benny Cahn and Faan van der Westhuizen walked away as top achievers in the categories F&I Sales Knight of the Year, New Vehicle Robin Hood Knight of the Year and Hino Knight of the Year respectively.
The three and fellow Toyota Knight Sandra van der Merwe were involved in no less than 112 charity projects during 2016.
According to Cahn, the dealership’s Sales Manager, they spent R265 000 to support the local community. “The money includes donations received from the community as well as money collected during fundraisers such as the Toyota Braai Knights. One of the major projects handled by Smit was the establishment of a greenhouse for the elderly at Martha Hofmeyr Tehuis vir Bejaardes to help residents not only to be self-sufficient but also to plant and sell,” Cahn said.
Van der Merwe made a huge difference in the lives of cancer patients by knitting beanies for young cancer patients while Van der Westhuizen was involved in the rebuilding of a house for less privileged persons at Ivy Dale.
The Toyota Knights represent an elite group of salespersons who are valuable assets to both their dealerships and Toyota South Africa.
Not only do they make a significant contribution to viability, by way of profitability to the dealerships but they also promote the image of the salespersons to greater heights and create aspirational levels for fellow Toyota staff.
Their responsibilities and duties are to set the example of being balanced professionals in their working environment, community and in social and environmental activities. Cahn thanked everyone for their contribution.
Story and photo: RC Myburgh