Soft Landings initiatives: making a difference during lockdown

24 April 2020

Written by Josephine Lategan

 

We all can do with some good news for a change, especially in these most challenging of times. Even though lockdown restrictions have left us isolated at home, it has not put a damper on our ability to care and spread the love to those now left even more vulnerable and in desperate need of a helping hand. That’s why we couldn’t resist but to share a bit of heart-warming, and positive news with you. The caring staff members of the Badger Holdings Group (the holding company of dotsure.co.za and Oakhurst Insurance Company) have continued to support the community with food and essential items despite restrictions imposed by the national lockdown.

As part of our group’s ongoing corporate social responsibility initiatives, an internal drive we refer to as Soft Landings, has seen the unreserved dedication of our employees to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in our community. Even while in lockdown, we have been packing and delivering food to clinics, soup kitchens, children’s homes and public areas. Other essentials such as soap and facemasks have also been made and donated to individuals in need.

 

Here’s a few recent highlights on how we’ve extended a helping hand within the George community in the Western Cape:

 

Food Packing Drive

A good-hearted Badger Holdings employee and her son has packed over 3,100 food packs for various charities in George – and all of this from a neatly set up food packing station at their home. This amazing person is permanently involved in the Badger Holdings food drive and always makes sure that there are food packs ready for delivery. The 3,100 food packs were delivered to local charities, including the George Child and Family Welfare Organisation; Kidstop; Life Community Services; Blanco Clinic; Frank’s Soup Kitchen; Grace Projects; God Cares; and the Options Care Centre.

 

George Child and Family Welfare

We have supplied the wonderful workers at the George Child and Family Welfare Organisation with washable facemasks whilst delivering food to children and families in crisis. We have also supplied them with tinned foods, peanut butter, sandwich bags and other dry foods.

 

Life Community Services

Hand washing with soap is essential for the fight against COVID-19. We delivered 1,000 antibacterial soap bars to Life Community Services and supplied tinned foods, peanut butter, sandwich bags and other dry foods to distribute in the community. To see the admirable work Life Community Services are doing in the community, please follow this link.

 

George Provincial Hospital

With there being a huge need for personal protective equipment within hospitals and other medical facilities, we were able to supply the George Provincial Hospital with 157 face masks we had available.

 

Geduld Methodist Church

“Church on the go” … Jonathon Coats from the Geduld Methodist Church has been helping those in need by taking his trailer out to the park and handing out bread and food parcels to the local community. We were able to help with tinned baked beans and pilchards, as well as packets of pasta and soya/rice packs.

 

The Solidarity Fund

Our staff members continue to contribute portions of their monthly salaries to The Solidarity Fund. This organisation aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19, detect and understand it, while also offering medical care to individuals in hospital due to the virus and supporting those who need it most during this pandemic. For more information on this fund and to make a donation, follow this link. 

 

As a Group, with the open-hearted support of our amazing staff members, we will continue to do our part to uplift the community and encourage other individuals and organisations to do the same. Together we can make a difference! #WeReallyCare

 

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