Hollywoodbets does their part in the Covid-19 fight

Gambling giant Hollywoodbets has donated R100 000 to PinkDrive to take testing to those who need it most. Pic: Supplied

Gambling giant Hollywoodbets has donated R100 000 to PinkDrive to take testing to those who need it most. Pic: Supplied

Published Apr 23, 2020

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Gambling giant  Hollywoodbets has donated R100 000 to aid with getting free Coronavirus testing to those who need it most! 

They have made a donation to the well-known PinkDrive organisation who are currently conducting tests in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal as well as in various smaller suburbs around the Tygerberg hospital. 

The company chose to get involved in this way as they believe it is important to join the fight at the root of the problem and assist with getting the necessary tests done for those South Africans who do not have access to medical aid and are therefore unable to know their health status. The hope is that this free testing will help diagnose people earlier, thereby significantly curbing the spread of the virus.

Hollywoodbets’ Transformation Consultant Babongile Mkhize is thrilled that the company is able to play such an important role in assisting those who are truly in need. 

“At Hollywoodbets we firmly believe in supporting our communities through our annual My Community Programme where hundreds of beneficiaries around South Africa are supported each year. 

Basically each Hollywoodbets branch supports one charitable organisation and one development sports team so we can create change where we work. Right now with the situation in our country being what it is, it is important for all of us to unite and do our part to ensure that our people are protected from the spread of Covid-19.

We believe in the importance of offering free testing to those who are unable to afford it, because it will play an incredibly important role in stopping the virus from spreading in the long run. 

When PinkDrive approached us with this opportunity we gladly got involved because we have worked with them many times in the past, so we have faith that they will help change the lives of people in these communities who need it most! Thank you to all of their staff on the ground who will be going out and working hard to keep people safe,” said Mkhize.

“We have mobilised all our resources and appealed to corporates, foreign embassies and philanthropic organisations to partner us by funding the initiative to support the NDoH at this critical time. We would like to thank those organisations that have heeded the call. 

These include Austrian Embassy SA, Citadel Wealth Management, Hollywoodbets,  Investec, Mi-Way, Numatic, OUTsurance, Standard Bank, Super Group and Vedanta Zinc International. 

We are incredibly humbled by the commitment of these organisations by partnering with the PinkDrive in the Covid-19 testing roll-out call by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

Like all health professionals on the frontline of this pandemic we salute the PinkDrive medical staff and management who have selflessly taken up the challenge to provide these screening services to the South African communities”, says Noelene Kotschan, CEO and Founder of PinkDrive.

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