In order to effectively combat the Coronavirus pandemic that is raging the world over and more specifically in Zambia, the local NOC (NOCZ) donated items comprising 400 face masks, 9 cartons of hand washing liquid soap, 100 bars of soap and hand sanitizers worth K10,000 to children of the Olympafrica Centre through their coaches.
Speaking at the donation, NOCZ President, Alfred Foloko, began by commending the media men present, who were also commemorating International Press Freedom Day.
Mr. Foloko noted that NOCZ, through this donation, is contributing in its own way to the fight against the spread of Covid-19 in communities. “I stand here to inform everyone present here today that COVID-19 is real and the only measure we can take is to ensure that we abide by the guidelines that have been given by the Ministry of Health.”, he said.
He then went on to urge all those present to go out into the community as athletes, men and women, and make a difference. They were to be the spokespersons in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. In the same vein, Tinyiko Noombo, Acting Programme Officer at the Olympafrica Centre said that coaches and young leaders were working to inform children about Covid-19 and how to protect themselves from the virus. “On behalf of the Coaches and Children of Olympafrica Centre, I would like to say thank you to NOCZ and we hope that you continue supporting us as Olympafrica as we forge ahead in the fight against Coronavirus,” she declared.
During this event, a demonstration session on handwashing techniques as recommended by the World Health Organization was made to the full view of all those present.
Also present at the donation ceremony were the President of the Zambia Taekwondo Federation and member of the National Olympic Academy, Likando Nangonde, and several NOC officials.