The items which included food and medicines were given to the hospital also as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.
Speaking during the hand over event, Lake Group human resource manager Mariam Msuya said “As a brand which is passionate about the well being of Tanzanians, we thought it better to mark the celebrations with children, parents and guardians at MNH cancer ward.”
Msuya said the donation at the ward was a continuation of the company’s noble cause to support the government’s efforts in improving health service provision in the country.
“As a company we know that there are many challenges facing our women ,even here at this ward many guardians are women , we promise to continue helping them and we really thank our Chief Executive Officer(CEO)Ally Edha Awadh for supporting women at the company level and beyond ,” she said.
Obadia Ngoka, one of the physicians at the hospital expressed gratitude to the Lake Group family for the donation, saying it would give a great relief to the problems that children and their guardians were facing at the ward.
“We do face a lot of challenges here, but we real thank Lake Group for coming with this donation, they would have stayed at their homes or donated in some other places, but they thought it wise to come and celebrate with us,” he said
Meanwhile, Msuya revealed the company’s vision to become a fully-fledged employer by 2025.
According to her, currently the company has 210 women employed which is equal to 25 per cent saying that as the company’s CEO values the contribution of women in the society the number is set to increase.
“The company has put in place a number of initiatives which will improve life standards of our women, at Lake Group who are ambassadors against HIV /AIDS, drug abuse and we have also plans to support the country’s efforts to fight cervical and breast cancer,” she added.