Coca-Cola Zimbabwe donates $100 000 to ZRCS for covid-19 fight

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Tawanda Marwizi

The Coca-Cola foundation handed over a donation of USD100 000 to the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) to be used for the procurement of equipment such as rapid test kits and personal protective equipment for Covid-19.

Presenting the donation, Coca-Cola Zimbabwe country manager Milidzani Ncube said the donation would go a long way in fighting against the pandemic.

“Today we are presenting the Coca-Cola Foundation’s donation of USD 100 000 to the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society to help the spread of the corona virus in Zimbabwe. The support will be used to procure the much needed equipment such as rapid test kits and personal protective equipment,” he said.

Ncube urged Zimbabweans to come together in fighting against the pandemic.

“In times like these, we must remain united to win the fight against this monster that is threatening human existence. We have done it before and we can still do it now. Everyone’s efforts counts-from individual, corporate, religious, organisations and governments. As the Coca-Cola System in Zimbabwe, which comprise of the Coca-Cola Company (TCC), Delta Beverges, Mutare Bottling Company and Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited have invested towards mass communication, hygiene and sanitisation as well as donations to assist the health care of workers and people on the front-line and the less privileged,” he said.

Apart from the donations, Coca-Cola is sponsoring public service announcements (PSA) in the media to create more awareness on the pandemic and on proper hygiene to reduce the spread of the disease and recently they donated $6 million to the government of Zimbabwe while Mutare Vottling Company have assisted with provision of PPE to medical staff and also provision of Health Insurance provision of medical staff.

 ZRCS national president Edson Mlambo said the donation will go a long way towards the ongoing Covid-19 response as they help the most vulnerable communities.

“As the Red Cross, we wish to express our profound gratitude to the Coca-Cola Foundation and recognise your kindhearted gesture in helping us to help others in dire need of humanitarian assistance. While the gap between humanitarian needs and funding is growing, it is our firm belief that through enhanced collaborations witnessed today, our collective response will efficiently and effectively address the humanitarian needs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Mlambo said through the grant, they will be able to effectively play their auxiliary role to the public authorities’ humanitarian efforts in detecting Covid-19 early through increased testing, isolation and treating cases and contact tracing.

Department of Civil Protection Unity Director Nathan Nkomo said government appreciates such partnerships as they go a long way in fighting against the pandemic.

“There is a lot of money that is needed and we are happy that organisations such as Coca-Cola and Zim Red Cross are coming together. Recently ZRCS came to the Vice President and pledged that they will play their auxiliary part and already they have hit the ground running. We applaud them for that,” he said.

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