KAROO TAXIDERMY DONATES FOGGING MACHINES TO CLAMP DOWN ON THE SPREAD OF COVID_19

Wednesday, 15th September 2021

By Robyn Rütters

KAROO TAXIDERMY DONATES FOGGING MACHINES TO CLAMP DOWN ON THE SPREAD OF COVID_19

https://www.graaffreinetadvertiser.com/News/Article/General/karoo-taxidermy-donates-fogging-machines-in-fight-against-covid-19-202109220553 

As part of Karoo Taxidermy’s mission to combat the spread of the Covid_19 virus in the Dr Beyers Naude District and to combat the rate of infection,  16 beneficiaries, comprising of schools and organisations within the area received high-powered fogging machines and personal protective equipment.

“We have been working with the office of the Democratic Alliance Eastern Cape, Graaff-Reinet, in particular ward councilor Ricardo Smith who has been instrumental in identifying the beneficiaries for this project”, says Robyn Rütters, Brand Manager at Karoo Taxidermy.

In a hand-over ceremony at Karoo Taxidermy on Wednesday, 15 February 2021 MP, Constituency Leader Samantha Graham-Mare in her opening speech said: “The third wave of Covid_19 recorded 71 cases of Covid in Nieu Bethesda, while Graaff-Reinet had in excess of 300 cases with a number of children contracting the virus, which resulted in more down town as schools closed as the result of positive cases.

The Department of Education was unable to afford the cost of sanitizing their schools, but through the generosity of Karoo Taxidermy in collaboration with Councilor Smith the fogger machine was unleashed. Having a fogger machine on-hand has proven to be extremely beneficial in the fight against Covid, and it’s impact on the community. With the fourth wave already muted for this year, and herd immunity throughout the vaccination programme still a distant dream, Covid_19 will be with us for the foreseable future. That is why the donation of these fogging machines are such an amazing investment. It will mean that our community will have an additional mechanism on hand to fight the spread of the virus quickly and effectively.”

The vision behind the fogging machine allocations to organisation is that the schools, churches, old age homes and social services organisations that have received a fogging machine through the initiative, will help other schools, churches and organisations within the area as a collaboration amongst all in our community. This will enable our community to deal with the spread of the virus far more effectively.

A fogging machine has also been allocated to the Democratic Alliance which will be used to assist poor people where there are positive cases in their homes, where they cannot even afford to buy the basic sanitizing neccessities, such as bleach to sanitize their homes once a person has been diagnosed with Covid.

Frank Gentry, owner of Karoo Taxidermy explained that the reason behind the Fogging Machines programme, initially was part of a job creation opportunity for those who was out of work during lockdown. However, it became obvious that the community needed assistance with sanitizing as police stations and other crucial social service institutions was affected severly by down-time once a covid case was active.

It was then decided that the most beneficial route for the fogging machine programme is to donate them to the community, based on the principle to “teach a man how to fish, rather than to give him the fish “ and reap the benefits of the skill and the machine far further.

Each of the beneficiaries was trained at the premises of the taxidermy on how to use these high-powered fogging machines at the hand-over event where the Karoo Taxidermy staff were all actively participated in conducting the training and preparation of this successful event.

The recipients of the fogging machines and PPE packs were as follows: Aalwyn Old Age Home (Aberdeen), Brandovale Primary School (Graaff-Reinet), Congregational Church (Rietbron), Democratic Alliance (Dr Beyers Naude), Eliakim Cluster Foster Home (Graaff-Reinet), Gert Greeff Old Age Home (Willowmore), Huis van de Graaff Old Age Home (Graaff-Reinet), Isibane Primary School (Graaff-Reinet), Kroonvale Primary School (Graaff-Reinet), Lettie de Klerk School (Nieu-Bethesda), Lingcom School (Graaff-Reinet), Narsing Street School (Graaff-Reinet), Siya Pambili Shelter for Abused Woman (Graaff-Reinet), Steytlerville Old Age Home (Steytelville), VGK Church (Graaff-Reinet) and Welverdien Tehuis (Jansenville)

In addtion to this, Karoo Taxidermy has also donated fogging machines and PPE to the National Sea Rescue Institute of South Africa, the Police Force, various schools and old age homes in surrounding areas.

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