Nomzamo Mbatha partners with Cotton On and UNICEF to help deliver 1 million Covid-19 vaccines

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  • The largest vaccine operation in history is under way -and Cotton On, supported by actor Nomzamo Mbatha, is rallying to help. 
  • The global fundraising campaign kicks off in South African stores and online until 4 July, with 100% of proceeds from the sale of Cotton On Foundation products going to support the delivery of Covid-19 vaccinations.
  • "It is particularly heartbreaking to see how communities across Africa are being left behind in the vaccine race, and it's imperative that we protect those most in need so that children can continue schooling and community life can continue," said Mbatha.


The largest vaccine operation in history is under way - and Cotton On, supported by actor Nomzamo Mbatha, is rallying to help.

The Cotton On Group is the first global retailer to partner with UNICEF in helping to deliver 1 million Covid-19 vaccines to the world's most vulnerable.

The global fundraising campaign kicks off in South African stores and online until 4 July, with 100% of proceeds from the sale of Cotton On Foundation products going to support the delivery of Covid-19 vaccinations as part of the global COVAX response and diagnostic tests and treatments.  

The initial vaccines secured through these funds will protect the most at risk across Africa, including frontline health care workers and teachers, so they can continue to provide services and care for their community.

"This pandemic has impacted everyone, and vaccines need to be accessible to each and every person to help bring it to an end," said South African actor and Cotton On Foundation Ambassador Nomzamo Mbatha. 

"It is particularly heartbreaking to see how communities across Africa are being left behind in the vaccine race, and it's imperative that we protect those most in need so that children can continue schooling and community life can continue," she said.

"As a longstanding friend of the Cotton On Foundation who have a long history of commitment to true social upliftment, I am proud to support them in their partnership with UNICEF to help deliver 1 million vaccines to the world's most vulnerable people", she added.

The COVAX Facility - supported by UNICEF, WHO and GAVI - is the global Covid vaccine equity scheme and works to bridge the gaps to vaccine inequities by guaranteeing fair and equitable access for every country in the world.

UNICEF South Africa is supporting the Department of Health led Covid-19 vaccination roll out in-country through health worker training, cold chain management, and data analysis, as well as promoting the importance of ongoing non-pharmaceutical prevention measures. "Children across South Africa have suffered greatly, as Covid-19 has impacted every step of their childhood, from disrupting education to child health services and exposure to violence and mental health issues, often behind closed doors."
Christine Muhigana, UNICEF South Africa Representative

"Vaccines provide the hope that children, young people and all of us need to reimagine a safer, fairer and better future for every child," added Muhigana.   

In addition to helping deliver 1 million Covid-19 vaccines, Cotton On is continuing its efforts to provide essential health services in Africa and South East Asia, communities where the Cotton On Foundation has an extensive history. Since 2007, in partnership with its team members and customers, the Cotton On Group has raised more than R1.3 billion through the Cotton On Foundation to deliver quality education around the globe.  

"There has never been a more important time to rally together to help respond to the biggest crisis the world is facing right now because COVID-19 isn't over for anyone until it's over for everyone."
Tony Stuart, Chief Executive Officer of UNICEF Australia

Go to cottonon.com to find out how to purchase select COF products, or donate across Cotton On, Cotton On Body, Rubi, Cotton On Kids, Factorie or Typo stores to make a difference today. 

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