Electronic Arts Africa has donated a new Nintendo Wii console with games, accessories and plasma television to Logwood Village, a care facility for adults with intellectual disabilities – and the residents are loving it.
Situated on an 18ha farm in Nooitgedacht, north of Johannesburg, Logwood Village houses 88 residents in cottage and communal living facilities.
It was designed to provide a normalised living, working and recreational environment for intellectually disabled adults. Its workshops operate in conjunction with local businesses to provide gainful employment to its residents as well as to disadvantaged members of the surrounding communities.
In addition, the facility offers a range of sporting and recreational activities including horse riding, floor hockey, golf, ice skating and more. In fact a number of residents have been medallists at the annual international Special Olympics.
Says Brent Hamilton, MD of Electronic Arts Africa, "As an international company, EA is actively engaged in giving back to the communities in which it operates. Logwood Village is a pet project of Lane den Hond, EA Africa's mobile product manager. Her commitment and passion for assisting the facility is a personal one that touches on the essence of how EA does business. We therefore saw it as an opportunity to help out in a positive way."
Says Hamilton, "The Wii is an ideal entertainment platform for Logwood Village. Its engaging nature fits in well with the culture of physical activity that the facility promotes among its residents and it helps foster a sense of community and competitiveness. It was a true hit right from the start with many players gaming well into the night.
"One of the most distinguishing characteristics of Logwood residents is their overwhelming love and kindness, overshadowing any disabilities they may have and creating a spirit of caring that is rarely seen in society.
"Our hope is that this small donation will contribute positively to the continued growth and prosperity of Logwood Village and its residents."