Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Subject: BMW GROUP LOANS VEHICLES TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN RED CROSS FOR USE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
BMW Group is loaning 17 vehicles to the South African Red Cross Society for use during the COVID-19 Pandemic. These vehicles come at a crucial stage when the SARCS is required to reach people that live in historically underdeveloped areas and that are far from health services. The cars will be deployed to all nine provinces to enable the SARCS to execute its mandate of public awareness, hygiene promotion, risk communication, media relations, screening and contact tracing as well distribution of hot meals to the vulnerable groups.
To date, the SARCS has trained 2 094 volunteers, conducted contact tracing involving 403 709 individuals and are assisting the Department of Health in their Contact Centres. SARCS provided relief in the distribution of more than 240 000 hot meals, nearly 15 500 food parcels, 1 900 hygiene packs (including buckets and soaps) as well as 3 700 blankets to vulnerable people in shelters. Volunteers have also reached 500 000 people through public education awareness and risk communication.
“The SARCS depends on donations from generous institutions like BMW South Africa to carry out its statutory mandate of providing humanitarian services across the lengths and breadth of South Africa. The loan of the vehicles by BMW allows the SARCS to provide a more comprehensive service. The SARCS can now reach more people and widen its geographical coverage in all branches. The Mpumalanga region has just been reopened, and the vehicle that will be deployed there will ensure that more people can receive services”, says Ms Mabel Koketso, Organisational Development Officer of the South African Red Cross Society”.
“The South African Red Cross Society is a symbol of hope for people in need across the world, and it really is an honour to support their work in the fight against this terrible virus in South Africa,” Mr Tim Abbott Managing Director of BMW South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, said.
“I hope that these 17 cars – especially the locally built X3 SAVs – make it possible for the South African Red Cross Society to get to more remote and marginalised communities, and to take that symbol of hope with them.
“We’ve been building cars in Rosslyn since 1973. We’re part of this country, and we’re committed to its future. More than at any time I can remember, now is the time society needs to come together and help each other where we can. I’m delighted to make these cars available the South African Red Cross Society. If we all do our bit to help, we’ll get through this together,” Mr Abbott concluded.
The South African Red Cross Society is a member organisation of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) which is the largest volunteer-driven organisation on Earth. Their humanitarian services in South Africa can be traced back to the late 1800s.
Issued By: The South African Red Cross Society
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