Vivo Energy Botswana, the distributor and marketer of Shell Branded fuels and lubricants in Botswana, has extended a helping hand to the Botswana Gender Based Violence Prevention and Support Centre. This forms part of the company’s continued endeavor to support and make a lasting contribution to the communities where we operate. This was done in an effort to assist the Centre in helping survivors of genderbased violence, which is reported to have spiked since the inception of the national lockdown.
Vivo Energy’s donation was in the form of P20, 000 worth of fuel to assist with mobility and P50, 000 towards operations, the start of a mutually beneficial relationship between Vivo Energy and the Centre. In addition, Vivo Energy’s employees have also made financial pledges to the value of P7, 500. We will continue to engage with the Centre’s management on future ways of working to join efforts in assisting the least privileged and the most in need in our communities.
The Centre is a non-profit organisation, which aims to raise awareness and advocacy against gender based violence in Botswana. It provides psychosocial support; temporary shelter; advocacy; training and clinical services. When receiving the donation on behalf of the centre management, the CEO, Ms Lorato Moalusi, thanked Vivo Energy Botswana for its contribution and assured that the contributions will make a difference in reaching out to and helping survivors.
Recently Vivo Energy Botswana made another contribution worth P125, 000 of fuel to the Ministry of Health and Wellness to support the mobility of the Ministry of Health’s Emergency teams countrywide.
Vivo Energy has also collaborated with our Shell Retailers to extend a token of appreciation to our forecourt Customer Champions at our service stations (in the form of toiletry hampers and in some cases food). These heroes have tirelessly continued to keep our essential service stations running during the COVID-19 lockdown. We found this fitting as a way to express our sincere appreciation for our frontline teams.
Commenting on the support, Wayne Kingwill, Managing Director, Vivo Energy Botswana, said: “Our community investment activities this year are focused on supporting efforts around COVID-19. We are proud of our support for the Botswana Gender Based Violence & Prevention Centre and will continue to engage with government and other stakeholders to offer communities support.”