FORMER Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champions Chicken Inn have become the first elite local football outfit to answer to the social responsibility demands of the Covid-19.
Working hand in glove with diasporans, Old Mutual,National Tested Seeds, Gamecocks among other donors on Tuesday donated personal protective equipment and cleaning materials to Thorngrove Infectious Disease Hospital.
Chicken Inn Football Club donated bread, hand sanitiser and dishwasher while National Tested Seeds donated 10 000 masks.
“We don’t exist in isolation. We are a football club that values life. It’s a social responsibility initiative meant to assist in these
challenging times. We belong to a society that values us as a club and as such we thought of giving back to the community that is fighting the dreaded Covid-19,” said Chicken Inn secretary general Tawengwa Hara.
The donation was received by Bulawayo Mayor Councillor Solomon Mguni who was in the company of Town Clerk Christopher Dube.
Veteran broadcaster Ezra Tshisa Sibanda coordinated a campaign for Zimbabweans based in the diaspora to donate medical space suits for hospital staff and an assortment of PPEs totalling US$14 000 at Thorngrove Infectious Disease Hospital.
At the donation function, Old Mutual also handed over a consignment of personal protective equipment for health workers as part of its $3,5 million fund launched to fight Covid-19.
The consignment included 400 aprons, 400 overalls, 2 000 gloves, 2 000 face masks and 2 000 protective shoes as Old Mutual, Zimbabwe’s leading financial services provider, takes steps to support the frontline medical staff fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Old Mutual has also provided up to $2,2 billion worth of cover to health professionals on the front line in the fight against the
pandemic as part of a package that covers the life of health professionals.
Touched by the plight of Thorngrove Infectious Disease Hospital, in early April, Amavevane Sports Club raised $25 000 that went towards purchasing groceries for the medical facility as part of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Amavevane plays in the Golden Oldies Social League in Bulawayo and reportedly used its wide array of members, some of them based in the diaspora, to raise the funds, as the social club joined forces with other progressive Zimbabweans in the fight against the pandemic that has to date infected more than two million people worldwide.