Medical aid society ploughs back to community
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 00:00
Premier Services Medical Aid Society has urged the corporate world to plough back to the community. Speaking at the handover of US$1 600 to one-year-old Simbarashe Mutaiwa who suffers from cleft lip and palate condition last Thursday, the company’s
group chief executive officer, Mr Cuthbert Dube, said the gesture was meant to stir a culture of helping the needy.
Cleft lip and palate deformities are birth defects that affect the lips and roof of the mouth.
A child with such a condition finds it difficult to eat and pronounce some words.
“We want other businesspeople to follow suit because it is not by choice for these people to be what they are or to suffer from what they suffer from.
“We have a lot of businesspeople here in Zimbabwe some of them who even boast of their wealth but can not stretch their hands to help the needy,” said Mr Dube.
Mr Dube urged other business persons and the corporate world to follow suit in assisting the less privileged.
Mr Dube handed over a cheque for US$1 600 to Ambuya Elizabeth Dembezeko, Simbarashe’s grandmother to enable the boy undergo the corrective surgery at Karanda Mission Hospital.
He said PSMAS has an operational fund aimed at assisting the less privileged especially on health and education.
Accepting the donation, Ambuya Dembezeko said she now believed the old adage that a child is everyone’s responsibility.
“Simbarashe’s mother passed on when he was only three months after which I took the responsibility of his upbringing.
“In those days, I would keep him wrapped in blankets so that people would not see because I thought it was an embarrassment,” said Ambuya Dembezeko.
She said with the assistance of other people, she was referred to newspapers for a public appeal and PSMAS responded.
“I thought Simbarashe was my own child, but today I have learnt that a child is everyone’s responsibility. I thank PSMAS for the assistance,” she said.
Mr Dube challenged media organisations to continue publishing such stories so that benevolent people can assist.