Metropolitan donates to worthy cause
METROPOLITAN Lesotho handed over M50 000 to the Touching Tiny Lives Foundation (TTLF) on Monday after it was chosen by Letšeng Diamond Mine as the recipient of proceeds of the insurance giant’s charity golf tournament.
Metropolitan Lesotho held its annual Golf Charity Cup on 25 November 2015 in which corporates competed against each other with the winning team choosing a charity of their choice.
Letšeng won the tournament for the second time and chose TTLF as the recipient after also having picked the children’s home in 2012. TTLF is a registered non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting children and families that are struggling to cope with the ravages of HIV/AIDS in rural Lesotho.
It has been operational since 2004 and takes care of malnourished, critically ill and orphaned babies by providing them with outreach health services, nutritional supplements, medication and social support. To date, TTLF has taken care of 1 600 children from birth to five years of age on its premises in Mokhotlong and within communities.
Metropolitan Lesotho Managing Director Nkau Matete and Letšeng Chief Executive Officer Mazvi Maharasoa presented the cheque to TTLF Manager Nthabeleng Lephoto during a ceremony held in Maseru.
Addressing the gathering, Ms Lephoto lauded Metropolitan Lesotho for the gesture and Letšeng for choosing them.
“We really appreciate what Metropolitan Lesotho and Letšeng have done with this very generous donation which we have received for the second time. Through this gesture, we feel encouraged that the work we are doing is being recognised,” she said.
“We are also grateful to the families which have entrusted us with their children and for believing that we can bring a positive change into their lives. We promise to continue to do our best in ensuring that TTLF lives up to its name.”
Ms Lephoto said TTLF board would decide how the money would be used.
“Since we did not anticipate receiving such a lot of money, we will sit down and decide how to use it to sustain our operations,” she said.
“With the previous donation, we bought new tyres for our vehicles, winter clothes for the children as it was cold at the time and invested the rest. I am sure that we will invest some of the money to generate income for future needs.”
In his remarks, Mr Matete said the Golf Charity Cup was meant to encourage other corporates to engage in social responsibility initiatives to change people’s lives for the better.
“We host the golf tournament on an annual basis as one of our strategies to encourage other corporates to extend a hand towards disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in need of assistance,” he said.
“We are happy that Letšeng has always been a dedicated participant in this event, and we value the support they extended in our endeavour to achieve this common goal because we cannot do it alone. We need each other as corporates to extend a helping hand.
“This is the second time TTLF won the tourney, and when they won five years ago, they picked the very same charity which I have learnt is doing a wonderful job.”
On her part, Ms Maharasoa expressed confidence the money would be used to develop the children’s home.
“The phrase Touching Tiny Lives speaks for itself in expressing how the home continues to transform lives for the better. TTLF has a dedicated team of women who tirelessly take care of infants from very early stages of their lives. That work ethic inspired us to make a contribution that will impact positively on the organisation. And we are confident that the funds will be channelled to something outstanding,” she said.
Metropolitan MD nkau Matete (left) and letseng Ceo Mazvi Maharasoa (right) hand over the cash prize to ttl Manager nthabeleng lephoto.