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Morgan Hunt strengthens ties with charity as employees visit Zanzibar

Morgan Hunt strengthens ties with charity as employees visit Zanzibar
There are more than 4,500 miles between London and Zanzibar but as two Morgan Hunt employees recently discovered, there is also a world of difference.
Patrick McMahon and Precious Bevington visited Pemba island (part of the Zanzibar archipelago) as part of the companys ongoing support for St. Andrews Clinics for Children (STACC). The charity provides healthcare to children and mothers in Africa. More than half of Morgan Hunts 170 employees take part in the companys Pennies from Heaven scheme and donate the odd pence from their monthly pay cheques to charity. The company also holds an annual charity week in aid of two nominated good causes. Last year the 36,000 raised was donated to STACC and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust.
Pemba is known in Arabic as the green island. Its home to lush rainforests and more than three million clove trees (the principal source of income). The warm waters of the Indian Ocean lap its pristine white beaches.
But despite the idyllic surroundings, life can be hard on Pemba. STACC works to help improve the general quality of healthcare, and to reduce the mortality rate of children under the age of five. A child in Pemba is almost 20 times more likely to die before the age of five than a child born in London. The health of young children is largely dependent on that of their mothers. Ante-natal and post-natal care feature prominently in the charitys work.
Patrick and Precious spent a week looking at the work done by the charity, visiting STACCs clinic, lending a hand and seeing for themselves just how much good the odd pence from their colleagues pay cheques can achieve. They also took with them a large assortment of t-shirts collected from staff before they left, to give away, in the villages they visited. Sometimes its the small things that count. Says Precious: I cannot over-emphasise just how valued those t-shirts were.
We visited Gombani Clinic, which is the hub of the centre that STACC sponsors in Pemba. It is basic by western standards. The centre is open three days a week and on the other two days the clinic offers outreach services. Things that we consider everyday items, such as calamine lotion and paracetamol are rationed between patients and are meticulously stored and monitored at the clinic. It was clear that the clinic is well run and managed and had a very big following on the island. The doctor there told me that she would see 80 to 100 patients on a normal day and as many as 160 on a busy day.
Patrick and Precious spent a week on the island. For them, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to give to those less fortunate, and to experience the culture of Zanzibar. The trip was a distinct success and has further strengthened Morgan Hunts relationship with the charity in supporting and committing to its objectives.
Morgan Hunts Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts havent gone unnoticed in 2010 they won a Best Business Award for their CSR achievements and also came runners-up to the Co-operative at the National Business Awards for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy. The company has been funding and supporting STACC for more than a decade and has brought the charitys efforts to the forefront of employees minds. This year, Morgan Hunt will open the Pennies from Heaven scheme to the 1,400 temporary staff that it has on its books. The scheme has also contributed towards Morgan Hunt winning many accolades for its Corporate Social Responsibility - much to the delight of David Crompton, Director of STACC:
He said: As a member of STACCs board of directors, I am very involved in appealing for funds to provide free health care for many poor children. The board is most grateful for the generous financial support of Morgan Hunt and the commitment of its staff to help make life better for children in Africa.


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