HARARE, Zimbabwe – Displaced children are among the beneficiaries of a number of public service efforts undertaken by Duly Holdings, Ford’s dealer in Zimbabwe.
The Harare-based dealership emphasizes community service year-round, but has been particularly busy recently, notably with Streets Ahead, a transitory home for street kids in Harare.
“This home is desperately needed, and we are honoured to be able to help these children," said Mark Vickery, Zimbabwean Dealership MD. "Some of the home’s facilities were in need of repair, so members of our team helped repair their ablution blocks, showers, dining rooms and kitchens."
The dealership also made a financial contribution to the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe and pledged continued support.
Wildlife will benefit from a number of other actions taken by Duly Holdings. The dealership:
• resuscitated and extended Bird Pond at Mukuvise Woodlands, a 250-hectare natural msasa tree parkland close to the city center where zebra, giraffes, eland impala and ostriches roam freely. A bird pond where children and their parents and teachers used to observe migratory birds nesting and feeding was damaged over the years and the birds stopped coming. After years of absence from the pond the migratory birds are again visiting the site.
• raised funds to benefit Imire Rhino Lodge, one of only a few rhino sanctuaries found in Zimbabwe. Duly Holdings also made a donation and pledged additional support.
• is teaming with the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and others to benefit the Zim-Boundary Cycle Challenge Against Poaching. A team of cyclists will travel some 3,000 kilometres around the Zimbabwe border to raise funds for and awareness of the anti-poaching cause.
"There are a number of worthwhile causes and organizations in need of support,” noted Shane Marais, market manager Sub-Sahara Africa. “We welcome the opportunity to offer an assist, and hope that our actions will inspire others to get involved as well."