Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Health And Welfare

TFG commits to keeping learners safe in schools with 300,000 nationwide face mask donation

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With over 4,300 outlets in 31 countries, TFG is continuing to serve the community through the TFG Foundation which recently announced a donation of 300,000 face masks to vulnerable learners across the nation recently.

In partnership with the Department of Education (DoE) and Gift of the Givers, the leading retailer will be distributing face masks to primary schools who are in dire need of the musks. The first school to benefit from this initiative is Caradale Primary located in Mitchells Plain.

“2020 has been a year of profound global change as the Covid-19 pandemic creates unprecedented uncertainty placing tremendous strain on communities, especially the educational progress of our young people. As learners returned back to their classrooms, we felt compelled to lend a helping hand. The face mask project was birthed out of a desire to ensure the safety of our learners during the pandemic,” said Deidré Vrede, CSI consultant at TFG.

In April, the group’s local factories TFG Prestige Maitland and TFG Prestige Caledon answered the call to make PPE more readily available by designing and manufacturing quality-tested reusable masks. To ensure the masks met the required standards, the retail group partnered with a leading university and an advanced textile manufacturer.

The donation confirms that TFG is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This initiative is one of several group projects that support Goal 12, Responsible Consumption and Production.

“The WCED is very appreciative of this donation by TFG. While we have, as a provincial department, distributed two face masks to every learner in the province, we are grateful that these can supplement additional requirements to our most vulnerable learners. The safety of our learners, educators and staff is important to us and therefore any additional PPE that can contribute to making our schools a safer learning environment is welcomed”, said William Janjies, Western Cape Education Department’s (WCED) Institutional Management and Governance Planning representative.

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