Community support by SPAR Zimbabwe

November 21, 2017 IN THE CATEGORY: Responsible retailing

SPAR Zimbabwe is actively involved in supporting charitable initiatives and is working hard to make a real difference to the communities in which it operates. Here we highlight some recent initiatives.

Community garden project

SPAR Kadoma has been very busy this year, with several exciting community development projects underway. Most recently, the team have been reaping the rewards of many months hard work and dedication at the Jairos Jiri school for the visually impaired. SPAR Kadoma helped the school establish a vegetable garden, which is now big enough not only to help feed the children, but also for them to supply SPAR with a few lines of vegetables a week, bringing in a bit of extra income with which they can purchase other food.

The children have been taught how to tend to the vegetables and it has even become part of the school curriculum. What a great community development success story, proving once again, that we are all better together.

Community clean ups

A year-long community clean-up campaign has been initiated and under the guidance of the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the City of Harare, one SPAR store a week is holding a clean-up in their area, encouraging members of the community and surrounding businesses to get involved. All SPAR staff are encouraged to participate – making for a rewarding, team-building experience.

There is an ongoing competition between the stores to see who can collect the most bags full of rubbish. So far, SPAR Braeside is in the lead with an astonishing 108 bags collected in just over 2 hours!

Charitable SPAR-sponsored events

 Two charitable sporting events took place recently: The SPAR Gokwe Rainbow Run and the annual BONSA SPAR Cancer Fun Walk.

The Rainbow run attracted a huge crowd of runners and walkers, all eager to enter into the community spirit and raise money for charity. Over 600 people registered and everyone had a lot of fun in the sun. A grand total of $1,500 was raised which went towards groceries for flood victims, orphans and the elderly.

The 5th Annual BONSA SPAR Cancer Fun Walk took to the streets of Bulawayo recently. A total of 2,379 registered community members took part in this epic event to raise funds for those living with cancer and Palliative Care. A total of $12,000.00 was raised and was split equally between three local recipients: Bulawayo Island Hospice, The Cancer Association and The Fighting Back Fundraiser.

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About SPAR Zimbabwe

In 1967, SPAR Zimbabwe signed a licence agreement with SPAR International and became the 13th country to join the SPAR worldwide organisation. In 2015, independent retailer, Darren Lanca, took over the licence to operate the SPAR Brand in this market after Innscor made the decision to divest of this retail division.