University-produced hand sanitiser for those in need

30/06/2020

A number of community-based organisations, NGOs and a clinic, recently received a total of 750 litres (in 5 litre containers) of hand sanitiser as part of Nelson Mandela University’s ongoing support to communities.

The Community Convergence Workstream (CCW) distributed the sanitiser, produced by InnoVenton, made possible with the support from the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) and entities in the Engagement and Transformation Portfolio.

The recipients included Charles Duna Primary School, New Brighton Clinic, Northern Areas C19 Relief Centre, Missionvale Care Centre, George Campus, Engage Centre, Ekuphumleni Old Age Home, Gelvan Park Frail Care Centre, Yokhuselo Safe Haven, Yethu Safe House, Phaphamani Rape Crisis Centre, Walmer Area E and Vistarus.

A number of these beneficiaries also benefited from the food relief project of the Nelson Mandela University’s Convergence Fund.  Missionvale Care Centre is the University’s partner who prepares and assists in the distribution of the food relief.

The Convergence Fund's resource allocation is geared towards short, medium, and longer-term relief efforts to reach intended beneficiaries, namely the poor, the marginalised, and the vulnerable in society.  This is in line with the vision of the University to be in service of society.

“Thank you to every person who participated in bringing this hand sanitiser into production, and our thanks especially to the organisations and individuals on the ground working hard to keep our communities safe during an exceedingly difficult time” said Dr Bruce Damons, Project Manager of the Hubs of Convergence.

About future distribution of this kind, Dr Damons said: “We are exploring the possibility but have nothing concrete as yet.”

To contribute to the Convergence Fund go to https://www.mandela.ac.za/News-and-Events/Coronavirus-Information/Convergence-Fund