This past weekend, Algoa FM in conjunction with Border Kei Chamber of Business hosted the Mandela Day COVID-19 Schools PPE Drive.
The drive was based on handing over several PPE materials such as face masks, sanitizers, gloves and stationery to two schools within East London in a bid to ensure safety for children during COVID-19. The schools that received these materials were Umzuvukile High School in Mooiplaas and Sinomonde Primary School in Greenfields during Mandela Day which has a combined number of 200 learners. The coordinators of this event was Sam Long from Border Kei Chamber of Business and Ndileka Gysman from Algoa FM. There were several sponsors and people who assisted in ensuring this drive was a success.
The sponsors were Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Border-Kei Chamber of Business, Global Business Solutions, Sanlam East London, Eco Chemical Solutions, Mbulunga E, Global Promos, Boston City Campus and Business College,East London and Priontex. ABE Construction Chemicals, Beaconhurst Pharmacy, Monique Eloff and Warrant Officer Bernice Davies supported in equipping these schools with PPE and stationery.
Algoa FM and Border Kei Chamber of Business have tight knit relationship that stems from 2003. This drive further cemented their relationship which was coupled with the notion of doing good within a period of adversity for the general public especially in schools around East London. There were speeches from several stakeholders including BKCOB Executive Director, Les Holbrook. Holbrook expressed delight over the fact this initiative was occurring and that during this time of COVID-19, it is crucial that we focus on assisting each other and people in need.
According to Sam Long, BKCOB Public Relations Consultant, "The Mandela Day PPE initiative was a great success and it created happiness and exceptional commitment" from all parties involved. This drive received a shot in the arm when it received radio airtime on Algoa FM where Brian Ndevu from Algoa FM and Les Holbrook took turns on the radio station to call people to donate on the initiative.