Stan­dard Bank marks King’s birth­day in style

Lesotho Times - - News - Retha­bile Pitso

Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank (SLB) staff on Satur­day cel­e­brated King Let­sie III’S 52nd birth­day with chil­dren at Phe­lisanong Cen­tre.

the SLB mem­bers, clad in blue over­alls, also marked the oc­ca­sion by paint­ing the walls of the chil­dren’s bed­rooms and fit­ting car­pets, and there­after held a party to mark the first an­niver­sary of the Hippo ac­count.

His Majesty’s be­lated birth­day cer­e­mony was con­ducted un­der the theme, 52 Min­utes for the King, and chal­lenged the staff to re­fur­bish the chil­dren’s res­i­den­tial area within 52 min­utes. His Majesty was born on 17 July 1963 which means he turned 52 this year, hence the ’52 Min­utes’ chal­lenge.

Ac­cord­ing to SLB Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Many­athela Kheleli, the re­fur­bish­ments cost the bank and its part­ners M40 000.

“the aim of this oc­ca­sion is to con­duct the re­fur­bish­ments un­der 52 min­utes in hon­our of the King’s 52nd birth­day which was held on 17 July this year. the rea­son we chose Phe­lisanong Cen­tre was in line with the King’s na­tional birth­day cel­e­bra­tion which was held right here in Leribe as well.

“In ad­di­tion to the re­fur­bish­ments, we are go­ing to sup­ply a hoover that would be used to clean the car­pet. the sum of these con­tri­bu­tions which we rounded up with our co-spon­sors amounts to M40 000.

“We are also cel­e­brat­ing the Hippo ac­count which is turn­ing one this year,” Mr Kheleli said.

On his part, SLB Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Mpho Vum­bukani urged more busi­nesses to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the coun­try’s vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

“as a bank, our man­date comes from the peo­ple who sup­port us im­mensely as our cus­tomers…i would like to thank them dearly for this sup­port. I would also like to thank some of our key part­ners in this ini­tia­tive who con­trib­uted fi­nan­cially and oth­er­wise. I be­lieve you have seen the on­go­ing road re­pairs lead­ing to the Home here pro­vided by Monate Trans­port. Le­sotho Fu­neral Ser­vices has also con­trib­uted as well as Seashell.

“We thank them for their in­put and I would also urge oth­ers who are in priv­i­leged po­si­tions to ex­tend a help­ing hand to chil­dren in com­mu­ni­ties be­cause it is clear there are many kids like these back in our com­mu­ni­ties who need help,” Mr Vum­bukani said.

Phe­lisanong Cen­tre is home to 160 chil­dren com­pris­ing or­phans and those liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties. the Cen­tre also looks af­ter vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren col­lected from the streets by the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment.

also premised at the home are a preschool and pri­mary school which ac­com­mo­date 400 pupils. These pupils in­clude those with dif­fer­ent kinds of dis­abil­i­ties.

In her ad­dress, Phe­lisanong Founder, Mamello Mokholokoe, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the spon­sors, say­ing their ef­forts were a bless­ing to the Cen­tre.

“Chil­dren used to play on a ce­ment floor here and we are grate­ful they are now go­ing to sit on much more com­fort­able car­pets. they are now also able to watch tele­vi­sion just like other chil­dren. So we are truly grate­ful for the gifts,” she said.

Mazenod dance group Heart­break­ers en­ter­tains the chil­dren dur­ing a party held to cel­e­brate the Hippo Ac­count’s one-year an­niver­sary.

stan­dard Le­sotho Bank Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Mpho vum­bukani of­fi­ci­ates the cer­e­mony.

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