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Covid-19: Industry efforts to support communities
Hospitality companies are supporting community initiatives during #lockdown and beyond...
Virgin properties to assist communities in need
Virgin Limited Edition has closed all its properties, including its African collection lodges: Mahali Mzuri (Kenya); Kasbah Tamadot (Morocco), Ulusaba Private Game Reserve and Mont Rochelle (both South Africa) are all closed. The company is hoping to re-open on May 31, 2020.
Their Pride 'n Purpose charity (South Africa) has formed a Covid-19 volunteer support group to educate those in high-risk communities and provide essential medical and food supplies.
Pride ‘n Purpose was founded in 2003 by Ulusaba, and the organisation is committed to helping disadvantaged communities living in and around the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. All of the running expenses of this charity are covered by Virgin Limited Edition and Virgin Unite. The charitable arm is focused on sustainable initiative, with projects that have benefited over 35 000 people in six communities.
Avani Gaborone Resort supports Tsogang Trust
The well-known Avani Gaborone Resort & Casino in Botswana has donated a Coronavirus prevention care package to the Tsogang Trust to assist the orphanage with taking measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
As reported by Tourism Update, the care package is made up of fruit, soap, wash towels, and sanitisers. The Tsogang Trust works as an HIV/AIDS support group for those infected or affected in the community.
“We are all focused on safeguarding ourselves and our families at this time. However it is important that we don’t forget those in society who don’t have access to necessities that will ensure that they don’t get this virus,” said the GM of Avani Gaborone Resort & Casino, Allan Clingham.
He said this visit to Tsogang Trust marked the start of the #AvaniCares campaign, to educate the community on preventing the spread of Covid-19 and providing them with the tools needed to do so.