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.
The First Mutual Health wellness outreaches are a sure way of giving back to communities. The outreaches are benefiting thousands of members and non members as their lives are transformed through improved health.
The outreaches, being held in conjunction with the Christian Medical Fellowship of Zimbabwe(CMFZ), began in Harare, promoting healthy lifestyles for all. Centres where the outreaches have so far been held include Sam levy’s Village, Arundel Village, St Johns Spring Fair, Avondale Shopping Centre, Glen Norah, Bulawayo, Gweru, Rusape and Masvingo. The outreaches are making a difference in the lives of many, particularly those that would ordinarily not afford any healthcare. In this regard the FML team has been to Rutsanana Municipal hospital in Glen Norah B, Rusape General Hospital, Masvingo, Bulawayo. Most recently the team was in Norton, Chiredzi and Chitungwiza.
The message remains that of raising awareness on health issues with doctors carrying out free BP checks, body mass index calculation, eye vision tests, dental advice and more. In some cases First Mutual Medical Savings Fund sponsors a complete day of full treatment of various ailments free of charge, thanks to the partnership with the CMFZ. In such outreaches, drugs or all prescribed medications would be provided by First Mutual Life and patients would receive these for free at the health days.