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Mar 03, 2021

Though the official year had come to an end, a few Partners for Possibly (PfP) projects for 2020 were placed on hold due to strict lockdown. Talent Manager Michelle Ward oversaw the completion of these projects at the end of 2020, ensuring that Bestmed’s PfP partner Mamelodi East Prevocational School has optimally functioning classrooms, as well as a multipurpose sports field. The PfP programme facilitates partnerships between schools and businesses to solve problems at grassroots level.

Five projectors were sponsored at the 2019 Golf Day by way of pledging and delivered to the school on 18 December 2020. Christo Rademeyer from Mediscor and Andre Oliver from IFG each sponsored two projectors, and Warren Gates from TRA sponsored one. Maqotex sponsored five projectors stands. Bestmed’s Information Technology (IT) team serviced the projectors and assisted with assembly, set up and connection. The use of projectors in the classrooms will support the learning process of the school’s visual learners immensely.

Bestmed’s IT department also installed a laptop charging trolley in the school’s saferoom. DataCentrixs donated the trolley at the end of 2019. Fully charged laptops will help with better learning opportunities in the IT classroom and a reduced risk of theft as the laptops charge in the saferoom.

A borehole was also drilled on 18 December 2020 to enable the school to plant and water grass for a multipurpose sports field. A pump and piping for irrigation still need to be installed, and water testing completed. Michelle took ownership of this specific project, which was identified from the start of Bestmed’s partnership with the school. The project was made possible with the help of the Procurement, Legal, and Finance departments at Bestmed, and should ensure sports skills, teamwork, and leadership development at the school.

Twelve pairs of shoes, which Heartbeats donated, were also handed to Seemole Matlala, founder and principal of Mamelodi East Prevocational School, for distribution in 2021 to learners without shoes.

“PfP has been a highly enriching journey. It has taught me to listen, take different views into account, consider the power of the community and then the bright future we have if we change one school at a time in this beautiful country of ours. I wish I had more money and more time to continue this good work! I wish Venessa well with her new journey!” says Michelle. She hands the PfP baton to Venessa Bezuidenhout, Pharmaceutical Benefit Management Manager, for 2021.

All Heartbeats are encouraged to get involved with PfP and Bestmed looks forward to another successful project.

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