If there is one thing that this year has taught us, it is the importance of community. As a Scheme, we have recognised the need to alleviate the financial burden of many South African families, especially during lockdown. Bestmed employees, therefore, generously donated towards a COVID-19 relief fund.
A part of the funds was donated towards Palesa Pads, high-quality cloth pads made by South African women, which ensures that our country’s girls have an opportunity to stay in school. While Bestmed itself has donated a total of 1 000 sanitary pad kits, as well as Bestmed branded three-layer masks, which have already been delivered to eight Unjani Clinics in Tshwane, the Bestmed employee COVID-19 relief fund will see a further 1 380 sanitary pad kits distributed via 30 Unjani Clinics in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West Province. The network of clinics provides accessible, affordable, and quality healthcare to communities in low income areas.
A portion of the funds was also donated to Operation Hunger’s project. Operation ensures that families are being fed and receiving the nutrients they need. The project also ensures an income for those tending the gardens and selling the produce.
Three areas have been identified where 250 people per area will directly benefit from the production of vegetables through local feeding schemes and generate income to sustain affected families, especially single-headed households. The project also aims to provide skills training and project management to key role players in the community to enhance sustainability and success.
Bestmed remains committed to ensuring that not only their beneficiaries, but all South Africans live their best lives today, tomorrow and beyond.