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Cell C aids charities to stem the spread of COVID-19

Monday, 30 March 2020

As the nation approaches the deadline for a nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of the COVID-19, Cell C and Corporate SA are making every effort to assist government initiatives in fighting the pandemic in the country's most vulnerable communities. 

Cell C has reached out to these communities by making donations in the form of hygiene supplies and items that can curb the spread of COVID-19, such as hand sanitisers, soap, gloves and face masks, which are running in short supply. Cell C is working very closely with our vendor HR Future who has a supplier that is currently producing a new hand sanitiser. It also has the capacity to supply 250 000 units a week on a first-come-first-served basis, while stocks last. HR Future will be delivering these items on Thursday 26th March, well before the country goes into lockdown.

Cell C's donation will see the following charities receive these items in Alexandra and Tembisa:

  • Ratang Bana, a children's home and community centre in Alexandra. They provide food and cultural activities to children in the community among other thing.
  • Phutha Ditshaba, an Alexandra community centre that provides extra lessons for students as well as exercise and health aid for the elderly. 
  • Life 4 U Foundation, an organisation that helps feed, clothe and provide free counselling to people in Tembisa and surrounding areas.
  • Tembisa Welfare, an organisation that was started to address the problems of children who were lost, abandoned or abused, used to sleep in Police cells or Hospital by offering shelter, food and other resources. 

These charities are not in a position to close down their operations, as they provide essential services to the vulnerable people who are bed-ridden, need to be transported to various health institutions and are lacking basic supplies, such as food and water. Supplies will also be delivered to the Alexandra Taxi Association at no delivery cost by the HR Future.

Cell C encourages all corporates to take a stand during this pandemic by making a meaningful contribution to vulnerable communities around them. In addition to this, Cell C has zero rated a number of health, education and government websites during the COVID 19 crisis.

"We know that many South Africans will face great challenges during the lockdown, which is a situation that is unprecedented in our lifetime," says Cell C CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson. 

"This donation will hopefully go a long way to assist those that will be most affected in the coming month," he says.

"In this time of need, Cell C is proud to be able to assist some of the country's most vulnerable communities," says Juliet Mhango, Cell C's Chief Human Capital Development and Transformation Officer.

"Now more than ever it is imperative we band together as a country and help one another through this most difficult time," she says.

"We have managed to stock all of the items needed by these charities ahead of the lockdown and Cell C will be able to see them delivered accordingly," says Alan Hosking, Publisher for HR Future. "We salute Cell C for helping impoverished communities in this way."

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

CELL C KINDNESS

As a proudly South African company, Cell C ascribes to the philosophy of compassion and kindness as the catalyst for real change. Every month, Cell C is spreading smiles by encouraging acts of kindness. Kindness is a gesture of goodwill towards someone or something. It doesn't have to cost anything or much; what's important is that it's an act of expressing genuine care for another person or living being. It's contagious and an opportunity for people to work together, create positive energy and inspire hope.



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