Fidelity Ambassador, Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira initiated a food parcel project to support the Fidelity Services Group staff members most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
District manager for Fidelity ADT in KwaZulu-Natal, Vaughan Pillay was delighted with the initiative and thanked ‘Beast’ for taking the time to support those in need. “We realise the importance of looking after the well-being of our staff, not only whilst they are on duty through PPE and other protective measures but also with their personal circumstances. All South Africans have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to some extent and we need to stand together in order to support those in need,” he said.
The company invited two hundred staff members to their head office in Pinetown on Friday, 12 June where they received food parcels and other goods from the ‘Beast’. Employees were from various departments including Cash-in-Transit, Guarding and Armed Response. The Beast is passionate about giving back to those in need and has made it clear that he plans to be involved in similar initiatives with the Fidelity Services Group going forward.
“I have been more actively involved in the day-to-day operations at Fidelity since taking time away from rugby. This has allowed me to identify potential needs during the COVID-19 pandemic whilst working closely with our executives. We decided to take this opportunity to support our Durban colleagues, similar to what our group CEO, Wahl Bartmann did in Gauteng a few weeks ago. The idea is to further extend this charitable reach by getting involved with other outside organisations through Fidelity. We also have a Fidelity Foundation who has been doing wonderful charity work over the last few years and I will be working closely with them to see how we can help further,” said Beast.
Staff members were very grateful for the support and appreciated the manner in which the initiative was conducted. In addition to receiving food hampers to support their families and positive encouragement from Beast, staff were also given advice from ER24 on how to stay protected from the virus and the appropriate safety measures to take for their safety and that of their families.
“We have been working closely with ER24 for a number of years and have a good working relationship with their Durban team. One of the benefits of being a Fidelity ADT armed response customer is the medical response service at no additional cost. In a time like this it is particularly valuable and we have heard some phenomenal stories from the ER24 team and their commitment to assisting with the health and safety of all residents within Durban,” concluded Pillay.