Bestmed employees, lovingly known as Heartbeats, from several departments opened their hearts and took time to support great causes for Mandela Day on Tuesday, 18 July 2023. From making and distributing meals, contributing towards much-needed items to organisations, or raising money for children in need, it was a true honour for all the Heartbeats to make a difference.
Bestmed Medical Scheme also donated more Palesa Pads, sanitary pad, kits for distribution to schoolgirls via Unjani Clinic.
Service Providers fill tummies
The Service Providers Department gave of their time to make and distribute 100 delicious sandwiches to those in need at a park in Meyerspark and in an informal settlement in Eersterust.
Finance spreads warmth and love
The Finance Department came together on a chilly winter day to spread warmth and compassion with a heartwarming soup and a meal for the day. This was distributed to car guards and people seeking casual work, all of whom had no meal for the day. This act of giving served as a reminder that even a single day of giving back can make a significant impact on someone’s life.
The experience left a profound impression on the team, inspiring them to look forward to engaging in such acts of kindness more frequently. The spirit of generosity and empathy cultivated by this endeavour is set to become a cherished tradition, one that they are eager to continue in the future.
Internal Audit, Board Secretariat, and Legal Risk & Governance teams donate to hospice
Internal Audit, Board Secretariat, and Legal Risk & Governance teams contributed items from different hospice’s wish lists, including toiletries, bandages, and gauze for wound care, and two toasters.
The departments also took tea, coffee, juice, and snacks to the hospice, which they shared with the hospice employees, while spending some time with them.
Marketing and Direct Sales donate a stove and food
The Direct Sales and Marketing and Communication Departments contributed towards purchasing a much-needed gas stove for Leratong Early Learning Centre. Karen Cooper (Sponsorship and CSI Specialist) collected contributions to purchase an industrial gas stove and used excess contributions to purchase non-perishable food for the centre.
Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMB) and Pharmaceutical Benefit Management (PBM) team’s bake sale
The PBM and PMB Department held a well-supported bake sale to raise funds to purchase necessary items for Amadea Safe House, a facility that cares for abused and neglected children. Cupcakes, cakes, waffles with ice cream, as well as vetkoek all sold out quickly.
The Talent Team makes the city a better place to live
The Talent Team truly did their utmost to make a difference and spent more than just 67 minutes for Nelson Mandela Day. The team, which helps Bestmed recruit the best and brightest from across the country, made 67 hot dog rolls and gave them to people in and around the Alkantrant Park in Lynnwood. The team then cleaned the park, removing 4 ½ black bags full of trash that could have otherwise landed up in rivers or the stomachs of birds in the park.
Bestmed donates sanitary pad kits
Bestmed Medical Scheme, in partnership with Unjani Clinic, donated 100 sanitary pad kits to schoolgirls in Clayville and Thembisa. The aim of the initiative is to help alleviate period poverty, which is a common issue plaguing female South African learners. Each kit was distributed at the local Unjani Clinic and consisted of three reusable pads that can last up to five years, a bucket and cleaning materials to wash the pads, and a drying clip. To date, over 3 500 sanitary pad kits have been distributed to communities in need since 2020.
Education plays a crucial role in the growth of the South African economy. However, in many families, there is a struggle to afford essential items like disposable sanitary pads, which leads to girls in low-income communities missing school during their monthly cycle.
“Bestmed remains committed to addressing the needs of the wider South African community in a personalised and impactful way. By doing so, we aim to contribute to the economic development of low-income areas and uplift the lives of those facing period poverty,” says Karen Cooper, Sponsorship, Corporate Social Investment and PR Specialist at Bestmed.