Air Force Base Langebaanweg dedicated the last two days of heritage month delivering masks and sanitary towels to local schools in the West Coast.
The South African National Defence Force is currently playing a leading role in trying to curb the spread of the coronavirus and raising awareness of societal issues through its personnel reaching out from Air Force Base Langebaanweg.
On Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 September the base, together with its enablers Assupol and Old Mutual, visited Jurie Hayes Primary and Holvlei Primary. Juries Hayes is a short distance from the base, while Holvlei is quite far.
Such outreach is very close to the heart of General Officer Commanding Brigadier General Mac Matanda.
Old Mutual donated more than 500 masks, while Assupol donated more than 100 sanitary towels to this initiative.
During the visit to the schools’ chaplain Mandla Mtila highlighted that children are the future, so parents, teachers, corporates and the community generally must work together to protect, educate and advocate for them.
Major Delight Maleba, who represented the General Officer Commanding, interacted with the learners by creating a conversational environment.
She spoke about the fight against the invisible enemy, Covid-19, the importance of observing its protocols to defeat the virus, and reiterated that no young girl should suffer absenteeism from schools through not having access to sanitary towels.
Assupol supported the donation providing sanitary towels, which is essential to raising the self-esteem and confidence of young girls.
This gesture also fosters a non-discriminatory component to health and human rights of women.
The donations were well received by both schools, and Assupol and Old Mutual felt privileged to play a significant part in this initiative.