A KENSINGTON family in Bulawayo which lost property worth more than $30 000 in a fire in December 2013 received goods worth $1 000 from Edgars Stores on Friday.
Nyasha Mutasa’s family lost property when fire gutted their rented house.
Mutasa expressed gratitude to Edgars for the donation and appealed to other well-wishers to assist, particularly with building materials to enable his family to rebuild the house.
“I am happy with what Edgars has done for us, but I am still requesting for more donations in form of building materials so that l may rebuild the house,” he said.
“My landlord wants his house intact and I must see to it that I fight hard to have it rebuilt, but it is impossible with my little salary as a teacher.”
Edgars group corporate social responsibility manager Stephen Guwa said they had received a letter from the Umguza Civil Protection Unit (CPU) appealing for assistance on behalf of the Mutasa family and had also read an article about their plight in Southern Eye and decided to assist the family.
“We received a letter from the Umguza CPU and also read from the newspaper about the sad scenario and we decided as management to donate to the needy. As the Edgars group, we look at ourselves as a corporate citizen and assist our customers and members of the public who are in distress and these are some of the incidents where the company pulls its meagre resources to help,” Guwa said.
Branch manager of Edgars at the corner of Herbert Chitepo Street and Leopold Takawira Avenue, Emmanuel Chomudondo, said Mutasa’s wife Ropafadzo was the store’s account holder and she had presented a letter to them narrating her ordeal.
“It was prudent of Ropafadzo to come and state her problem. As people in business, you do some follow-ups on customers who do not make up their payments on time and I advise customers to come forward and present their problems than to just keep quiet,” he said.