Many power tools are expensive and the cost can be prohibitive to an artisan who is trying to utilise their skills in order to provide for their families.  Not having the correct tools for a job can mean the difference between getting the work or going home empty handed.  Now you can help change this.

Brights Hardware, a Western Cape based chain of hardware stores, has launched a Tools Donation initiative and is calling on the public to drop off their previously used - but working - power tools at their nearest Brights hardware store.  These power tools are then donated to a charity organisation called Learn to Earn, and will provide the students with the opportunity to make a sustainable living after graduation.

"If you were lucky enough to receive new power tools this past Christmas, or brought yourself new ones as a treat, we want to urge the public to join us on this drive by donating their old power tools to a good cause and help to empower someone else to earn a living," says Nita Luis, founder of Brights Hardware.  "Our aim is to have enough power tools by the end of the campaign to gift all of the Learn to Earn woodworking and handyman graduates with a power tool, so that they can start their new journey with skills and accompanying tools."
 
About Learn To Earn
Learn to Earn is a non-profit skills development and job creation organisation which aims to develop unemployed and disadvantaged people through their skills development and training centres based in Khayelitsha and Hermanus, and since 1989 has trained 14166 unemployed people with market-related skills, equipping students to become employees or self-employed entrepreneurs.

All of the tools donated will go to the students of Learn to Earn's Basic Handyman Skills course and the Woodworking course.

Learn to Earn's Basic Handyman Skills course equips course graduates with the entry level knowledge and skills required in order to find employment as assistants in any of the following trades: electrical, plumbing, painting or general handyman.  It is a 17-week full time course conducted in Hermanus.  The Woodworking course is a 19 week long full-time course that takes place in Khayelitsha that prepares students to either go on a learnership, or to be skilled enough to seek entry level employment in the woodwork and cabinetry industry. "The Learn to Earn ethos is "a hand up, not a hand out," says Aleks Jablonska of Learn to Earn. 

The Brights Tool Donation campaign has been running for several months and ends at the end of January.

As a thank you, Brights is offering everyone who donates a working power tool a R50 voucher off their next purchase at Brights Hardware.  Look for the branded donations box in your local Brights store and ask the Brights staff to assist you with your donation and voucher.

For more information on Brights visit www.brights.co.za.  For more information on Learn to Earn visit www.learntoearn.org.za.

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