Econet subscribers donate $132,570.40 to Cyclone Idai fund so far
By Staff Writer | 21 Mar 2019 at 11:17hrs
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe subscribers have responded overwhelmingly to calls for donations in cash and kind towards the Cyclone Idai fund.
In light of a devastating tropical storm that has swept away bridges and homes in eastern Zimbabwe, Econet Wireless has also come on board to assist those affected by providing an EcoCash biller code 320041 merely for donations. And in case of emergencies, one could simply dial 112 or 111.
Another option that you can take when wanting to make a donation is by visiting your nearest Econet shop to drop your donation.
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, Chief Operating Officer, Mr Fayaz King said they had received RTGS$132,570.40 from 16,263 people towards the Cyclone Idai fund as at 10 am yesterday 20 March 2019.
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We have received RTGS$132,570.40 from 16,263 people towards #cycloneidai fund as at 10 am today.
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Econet Zimbabwe group of companies have collectively contributed RTGS$5 million towards Cyclone Idai emergency efforts in the eastern parts of the country.
The company has channelled the funds to Higherlife Foundation, which is embedded in efforts to respond to the crisis induced by the natural disaster.
The cyclone has left 98 people dead and thousands displaced.
Dr Kennedy Mubaiwa, who heads the foundation, said they were mobilising various types of support, including rescue efforts, medical emergency aid, food, water and blankets.
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe chief executive officer, Mr Douglas Mboweni, said each company in the group was pursuing co-ordinated initiatives based on its own capabilities.
EcoSure, the group's funeral insurance company, was providing free assistance with funeral services such as coffins, transport and food to each bereaved family with no cover
Mutare Bottling had opened its warehouses to allow logistics support for humanitarian aid coming from Econet subscribers, adding that MARS Ambulance was also providing ambulances, air and helicopter support.
He said Econet shops had been receiving blankets, water bottles, dried foods, and medicines.