Stan­dard Bank do­nates to wor­thy cause

Lesotho Times - - News - Retha­bile Pitso

STAN­DARD Le­sotho Bank (SLB) staff have do­nated school sup­plies and gro­ceries to vul­ner­a­ble kids at the Save the Chil­dren Cen­tre in Maseru.

In his re­marks dur­ing the han­dover cer­e­mony on Tues­day, SLB Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Mpho Vum­bukani, said the money for the good­ies, which in­cluded text books, school bags, shoes and gro­ceries, was raised by staff mem­bers dur­ing their “Back To School” fund rais­ing ini­tia­tive.

“We are a bank that prides it­self in giv­ing back to vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties and to ex­tend­ing a help­ing hand to the needy be­cause we also part of so­ci­ety and un­der­stand the need to grow to­gether,” said Mr Vum­bukani at the cer­e­mony which was also at­tended by So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Mo­lahlehi Let­lotlo.

“The do­na­tions were mainly made by staff mem­bers who raised funds through the ‘Back To School’ ini­tia­tive. The ini­tia­tive is now in its se­cond year, with mem­bers of staff choos­ing a day to wear school uni­forms to mo­ti­vate and re­mind pupils about the im­por­tance of education.”

Mr Vum­bukani said the bank’s cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tives were meant to sup­port govern­ment’s de­vel­op­men­tal goals.

“It is not easy for the govern­ment alone to se­cure shel­ter for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and at­tend to their needs,” he said.

“We also know that it is not easy for the Save the Chil­dren Cen­tre to take care of th­ese chil­dren with­out as­sis­tance.

“That is why we are com­mit­ted, as a bank, to con­tinue ex­tend­ing a help­ing hand when­ever we can. We also ap­peal to other or­gan­i­sa­tions in the pri­vate sec­tor to do their part in the fight against poverty.”

On his part, Mr Let­lotlo lauded SLB for the ges­ture, say­ing the bank was aware of its re­spon­si­bil­ity to as­sist the needy.

“It is a great hon­our to work with such or­gan­i­sa­tions as Stan­dard Bank that don’t wait to be nudged be­fore they ren­der as­sis­tance to vul­ner­a­ble groups,” the min­is­ter said.

SOME of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries pose for a group photo with SLB and Save the Chil­dren Cen­tre of­fi­cials as well as other in­vited guests.

SOME of the gro­ceries do­nated to the Save the Chil­dren Cen­tre by SLB staff.

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