The Sunday Mail
Stanbic Bank has donated an assortment of sun protection products to the Albino Charity Organisation of Zimbabwe (Alcoz).
The sunscreen products, consisting of 1 000 units of sunscreen lotion, 1 000 units of antibacterial soap, 1 000 units of antiseptic liquid, 1 000 units of lip balm and 1 000 sunhats, are valued to the tune of $38,5 million.
Said Stanbic Bank manager for events and sponsorship, Ms Lucy Dlodlo:
“It is not a coincidence that our partnership is now in its eighth year, we are very intentional about putting smiles on the faces of these young girls and boys whose skin is sensitive to the weather elements, particularly the sun.”
Stanbic Bank carries out comprehensive corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives that focus on health and sanitation, education and the environment.
Under health, the Standard Bank Group subsidiary has Usizo – Ruyamuro, which was established in 2019 to complement Government’s efforts to ensure health services are accessed by all.
Alcoz projects manager, Mr George Mafararikwa, said the gesture by Stanbic Bank will leave an indelible mark in the lives of the Albino Society.
“Stanbic Bank has set a pace which we as Alcoz wish the other corporate partners could imitate.
“The albinism population is above 40 000 hence the need for more partners coming onboard to support this worthy cause,” said Mr Mafararikwa.
Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited condition which occurs worldwide regardless of ethnicity or gender.
It commonly results in the lack of melanin in the hair, skin, and eyes, causing vulnerability to sun exposure.
People with albinism need protection from the harmful effects of the sun owing to the lack of melanin in their skin, which serves as a shield from the sun.