By Anyway Yotamu.
The country’s leading cooking oil manufuturer Pure Oils through ZimGold donated cooking oil to Harare Children’s home as part of the company’s fulfilment of its pledge to give back to the community by assisting five humanitarian based organisations.
Harare Children’s home become the third beneficiary after Lynde Francis Trust and Touching Lives Africa got their share as the brand continues to assist vulnerable communities under the company’s ZimGold Givers community social responsibility (CSR) initiative.
Other organisations that are earmarked for the programme are Triple S and Jairos Jiri.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in Harare recently, Pure Oils Head of Marketing and Public Relations , Lesley Gibbons said, “We are approaching the festive season and it’s time to spread the love by reaching out to those who need us. We are trying to put smiles on our stakeholders in various ways. Through The ZimGold Givers, we are trying to assist charity organisations that are making a difference in society,” she said.
“With the ZimGold Millionaire promotion, we just want to cheer our customers who have supported us through thick and thin by giving them back what they have invested in us. The ZimGold Millionaire promotion is a life-changing opportunity to the winners especially to the lucky winner who will take the one million dollars grand prize to become a millionaire.” added Gibbons.
Harare Children’s Home Director , Maria Sithole thanked ZimGold for the kind gesture it extended to the children’s home.
“We are very grateful about this gesture from Pure Oils and this donation will go a long way in uplifting the lives of the needy especially during this difficult period if Covid 19 . We have partnered with various organizations including Pure Oils to feed the less preveledged at our institution and we’re going to help them in collaboration with other well wishers to complement our effort of feeding the needy”, she said.
Apart from offering groceries , the company is also stretching a helping hand to the education sector by offering scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The STEM scholarships saw beneficiaries Lovejoy Gushungo and Sosten Magweva getting a lifetime opportunity to pursue master’s studies at the Institute of Technology Palakkad (IIT) in India. The two are currently in India, studying Mechanical Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering, respectively. This year, Pure Oils will award scholarships to two beneficiaries who will be announced soon
The company was among those that offered relief during Covid-19 lockdowns by giving out cooking oil, soaps, and blankets to all the frontline workers who were working during the Corona virus-induced lockdown. The donated goods were handed over to President Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa at a ceremony held at the statehouse during the Covid 19 induced lockdown.
By Anyway Yotamu.