Looking Back on 2020: Thousands of masks donated by Tammy Taylor Nails SA
In a striking display of solidarity with South Africans on the front lines during the lockdown, Mel and Peet Viljoen, Founder and CEO of Tammy Taylor Nails South Africa respectively, donated over 20 000 masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to essential service workers throughout Gauteng during 2020, including the Department of Health, the South African Police Service and various metro police departments.
Moroka police station in Soweto was the first to receive these masks at the beginning of the hard lockdown in April 2020. Garsfontein police station in Pretoria, close to Tammy Taylor Nails South Africa’s head office, was another grateful recipient of SAPS-branded face masks donated by the company, amongst others,
Throughout the lockdown, Tammy Taylor Nails South Africa continued to support other essential service workers through continuous donations to public service workers, healthcare workers, retail workers in various supermarket chains across the province, security guards, petrol attendants and hospital staff. Tammy Taylor Nails has also donated masks and hand sanitizer to old age homes, children’s homes and other needy individuals such as animal welfare workers and recipients of SASSA grants.
As distributors and franchisors in the beauty industry, Peet and Mel understand the importance of maintaining good hygiene, something that is already practiced in Tammy Taylor salons nationwide.
“Practicing good hygiene is one of the critical factors in fighting COVID-19,” says Mel. “We commissioned the manufacture of these fabric masks in order to help prevent the spread of the disease. We also made the masks that we manufactured available for purchase by the public through our online store, and to corporates and government departments, to enable the manufacturing facility to continue operating during the lockdown, despite the closure of many businesses affecting their manufacturing demand. This meant that between 200 and 400 staff members could continue earning a living during the lockdown.”
The fabric masks are both reversible and washable, and can be disinfected, making them reusable. They also have adjustable straps for improved comfort. The outer layer features moisture-wicking fabric that does not trap moisture and offers exceptional breathability. Tammy Taylor masks are also water-resistant and tear-resistant, with 500-thread cotton twill on the inner layer, making them comfortable as well as durable.
Fabric masks are recommended by the CDC in certain public settings to combat the coronavirus pandemic, especially where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Masks are now required to be worn when in public at all times in South Africa, but many people found themselves unable to afford the purchase of a face mask, especially at the start of the lockdown. It was those less fortunate, and those selflessly putting the interests of the rest of South Africa above their own, that Tammy Taylor decided to assist with as many free masks as possible.
In addition to masks, Tammy Taylor Nails also distributed gloves and 70% alcohol hand sanitizer, which was locally manufactured in South Africa. “Our essential service workers are doing a fantastic job serving and protecting us during this challenging time in our country’s history,” says Mel. “Providing them with additional precautionary measures was the least we could do to say thank you for their service, and that we appreciate their commitment and dedication to our country. They are the true heroes – they leave their families every day to go out and serve and protect us, not knowing what they will face out there, and that takes courage.”