FIRST MUTUAL ASSISTS VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES DURING COVID 19 LOCKDOWN
Following the COVID-19 pandemic which has been declared state of emergency by the government and affecting the entire globe, The First Mutual Group subsidiaries have responded to the call and is complementing the government’s and other corporate organisations efforts in this fight by making a contribution of ZWL$750 000.00 towards food support packs aimed at vulnerable communities. These will be distributed to 600 families through a partnership with Miracle Missions.
The intention is to provide food / home care packs to people in self isolation, isolation packs for larger family units, primary caregivers or breadwinners, and lastly to specifically identified individuals. First Mutual is playing its role as a responsible corporate citizen and contributing to a national cause. This is in line with the group’s CSR initiatives to contribute to the community in which the business operates and has contributed to previous national fundraising efforts towards the cholera epidemic and cyclone Idai disaster recently experienced in Zimbabwe
FIRST MUTUAL EMPLOYEES MAKE AN IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITY
First Mutual Holdings Limited employees initiated an Employee Corporate Social Responsibility Programme driven by volunteers amongst staff members. Its objective is to alleviate the plight of those in need within the community. To date a number of activities including a yearly donation to the Cancer Association, clean-up campaign at Harare Charge Office bus terminus and a goods donation to the Arcadia Girls Hostel have been carried out.
The First Mutual employees continue to make an impact in various communities and recently took the initiative of helping the needy in the community of Sipepa, located 70 km from Tsholotsho Town District, a distance of 184 km from Bulawayo, where about 850 villagers mostly the elderly, women and children, where displaced from their homes. This was due to floods as a result of Cyclone Dineo which affected Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo and Plumtree during the recently ended rainy season.
Goods donated included blankets and non-perishable items which were greatly appreciated by the recipients. Accepting the donation at Sipepa Clinic where the affected villagers have been camping, the camp administrator Montobeko Ndlovu, who was accompanied by Sipepa Officer in Charge Khulisani Nkala, thanked the First Mutual employees for the great initiative which is commendable given the economic challenges currently prevailing. “The kind gesture by First Mutual employees is greatly appreciated and we thank you for this humble donation which will go a long way in assisting this community”, she said.
Going forward, the employees will continue to donate to disadvantaged communities through various ways including cash, non-perishable goods, clothing, shoes and books among other items. Additionally, the Employee Corporate Social Responsibility programme will include home visits (old people’s, and children’s homes), hospital visits, blood donations and prison visits.
First Mutual Holdings Limited employees care and are joining hands to go beyond their call of duty by being part of this great initiative and being socially responsible citizens who care about the communities within which they operate.
This initiative by First Mutual employees complements the FMHL Group Corporate Social Investment programme, the First Mutual Foundation, whose objective is to promote and raise the standard of living of the less privileged. Its flagship programme is one which assists selected children from throughout the country with educational bursaries and necessary ancillary services to reintegrate them into formal school as well as support for tertiary education. As the Foundation continues to gain momentum, its aim is to increase its support in the education arena. In line with this, First Mutual launched a sponsorship programme to support the Reformed Church University through availing a bursary worth $80 000.00 over a four year period with effect from 2017.
HARARE METROPOLITAN PROVINCE
NASH ATHELETICS COMPETITON – POWERED BY FIRST MUTUAL
The National Association of Secondary Heads (NASH) partnered First Mutual for the Harare Province athletics competition held on Friday 17 March 2017 at Eaglesvale School, Harare. Approximately 300 athletes from the 7 districts in Harare where Harare’s finest high school sportspersons in athletics sweated it out to qualify for the NASH National Competition to be held in Chinhoyi at the end of the month. The NASH Harare province will be defending its title for the third year in running.
“This event, is part of the First Mutual in the community initiatives which aims to promote and raise the standard of living through various corporate social responsibility initiatives. Through this sponsorship we committed in 2016, First Mutual is supporting and promoting sports in schools as sport is an important element in the education curricula, and indeed is now a professional career that is sustaining many individuals globally. As First Mutual we care and we believe it’s possible for these young people to even become professionals in the field of sport. Look at Elliot Mujaji, Samkeliso Moyo and Usain Bolt”, said Farayi Mangwende Group Marketing & Strategy Executive for First Mutual Holdings Limited.
The National Association of Secondary Heads comprises all secondary and high schools in Zimbabwe, and NASH Harare Province is composed of eighty five (85) secondary schools in the Harare Province seven districts. The main discipline for the competition was athletics and included in the track and field events were long jump, shot put, triple jump, discus and javelin.
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“As the National Association of Secondary Heads we value partnership with corporates, such as First Mutual as it assists the association and the school athletics in many ways. The levels of competitions improve to a higher level with financial support and the presence of corporate funding in these competitions indicate that sports is a very important element in the education of school students. This helps students to take sport quite seriously and excel for later development after school” said Dr Rayo, NASH Harare Province Chairperson
NASH’s main objective is to promote sports in secondary schools. It organizes sports in many sporting disciplines including athletics, soccer tennis, netball, basketball and rugby amongst others. Competitions are organized from inter-house level at school level up to regional level. NASH is a member of COSSASA (Confederation of School Sports Associations of Southern Africa) comprising of Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Angola and Zimbabwe.
First Mutual continues to promote and raise the standard of living through various corporate social responsibility initiatives to support selected children from throughout the country with educational assistance and necessary ancillary services. In line this, First Mutual has committed support to the Reformed Church University through availing a bursary worth $20 000.00 annually over a four year period with effect from 2017.
First Mutual Holdings Limited’s strategy continues to be to preserve value by offering sustainable wealth management, wealth creation and risk management solutions.