Metropoli­tan do­nates to wor­thy cause

Lesotho Times - - Business - Retha­bile Pitso

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.

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