Although the social development focus of the Old Mutual Foundation is primarily on economic empowerment, in certain circumstances the Foundation also steps in to provide disaster relief funding.
During March 2015, the entire Cape Peninsula was ravaged by wild fires which devastated huge swathes of land. A central fire relief fund was set up by media house Primedia to facilitate public donations in support of the firefighting services.
Old Mutual and Nedbank donated a combined sum of R450 000 to the fund, which eventually topped R3 million and was later distributed to the many firefighting units engaged in containing the fires.
Over and above this, Old Mutual employees came together and in two days gave personal contributions totaling about R40 000, with the Old Mutual Foundation adding another R25 000, and Mutual & Federal a further R50 000. Volunteer Wildfire Services(VWS), who were recipients of our disaster relief funding, is an entirely voluntary firefighting service made up of trained and committed members of the public, most of whom hold fulltime jobs but are always available in any emergency. Volunteer Wildfire Services was able to purchase five new firefighting vehicles, high quality protective personal equipment, radios and firefighting equipment with the donations received.
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