By Edward Makuzva
MOBLE TELECOMMUNICATIONS giant NetOne on Wednesday joined hands with Hope For the Trust as they donated and commemorated the belated International Albinism Awareness Day celebrations in Mutare.
The donation worth thousands of United States Dollars consists of suncreens, lipbalms and sanitary pads which is part of its Albinism Its Not A Curse and Donate A Pad Campaign in Manicaland under #United in Making Our Voice heard and #Inclusion4equality.
Speaking at the handover ceremony on behalf of NetOne Group Chief Executive Officer, Raphael Mushawani , Manicaland regional Manager Farai Matope said under our CSR Initiatives we have supported different vulnerable and disadvantaged groups including those living with albinism in communities we operate from around the country.
Matope added that through its management will continue to support people living with albinism and we would like to assure the community that NetOne seeks to partake this initiative to the various regions across the country as it is our mandate to ensure that we leave no place and no one behind NDSG1.
“ As NetOne today we celebrate all people living with albinism all over the world on their special day, we share our opinion that people with albinism should enjoy the full privileges of all human rights and we implore other corporates and stakeholders to render their support as well.
“Albinism is not a curse and as such we have collaborated with Hope For the Future Trust, a partnership to create awareness, fight discrimination, stigma and marginalization against those living with albinism.
Albinism is a rare condition, a genetically inherited difference that occurs at birth, it is a non contagious and is caused by lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes causing lack of defense to sunlight and bright light.
“Albinism is a rare condition, a genetically inherited difference that occurs at birth, it is a non-contagious and is caused by lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes causing lack of defense to sunlight and bright light”, Matope explained.
The regional Manager said the journey does not end here as there is more that needs to be done in ensuring that communities are educated to increase awareness that help alleviate, uphold and protect the rights of people living with albinism.