Hoopers’ computers find new home at NGO

20/02/2015

February 20, 2015 When hearts and heads join together lives can be positively impacted, as shown by the donation of twenty-one computers to the 1000 Hills Community Project.

Hooper’s computers loaded and ready for their new home, the 1000 Hills Community Project. From left, Marc Eslick, (MRP Foundation Manager), Dave Hooper, (Hoopers Volkswagen), Candice Böttcher, (Neurophysiologist at Life Entabeni) and Clive Brooks, (Managing Director Hoopers Volkswagen).


When hearts and heads join together lives can be positively impacted, as shown by the donation of twenty-one computers to the 1000 Hills Community Project thanks to Hoopers Volkswagen Durban, MRP Foundation and computer whiz Candice Böttcher.


After upgrading their computer system Hoopers Durban were left with a large amount of used, but functioning, computers. Not wanting to waste this precious resource they contacted the MRP Foundation who connected them to Candice Böttcher, a neurophysiologist who fixes up used computers and finds them a deserving recipient.


Dave Hoopers, of Hoopers Volkswagen Durban, saw a natural opportunity for the business to give back. “We cleaned up the computers as best we could and handed them over to the MRP Foundation to make sure they landed up in the right hands. Education is such a need in South Africa and these computers are just a small way for us to help.”


As for the repair work Candice jumped at the opportunity to help. Candice works in her personal capacity to bring computers up to speed by doing minor repairs on hardware and software. She has witnessed some amazing tech success stories since she began her selfless hobby, seeing businesses ignited and studies pursued through access to capable technology.


“I have been fiddling with computers since I was a teenager and have really seen the value that technology has brought to my life and profession as a neurophysiologist,” explained Candice who does amazing work in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Life Entabeni Hospital.


The 1000 Hills Community Project, a well established NGO in the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu-Natal, will be receiving the generous computer donation. The community care centre already has a functioning computer room with a full time instructor that runs popular computer literacy classes. By increasing the capacity of the computer centre even more community members can be upskilled and empowered to utilise technology to help improve their lives.