Bank Gaborone on Friday held its third edition of its annual signature Charity Golf Day at the Phakalane Golf Estate and raised over P100, 000 for Lephoi Centre in Francistown and Window of Hope in Ghanzi.
Lephoi is a centre for children with visual impairments whilst Window of Hope provides support to orphans and vulnerable children.
“As a corporate citizen, we are mindful of communities in which we operate and draw our employees. Our focus this year is on children.
We believe that by giving them access to resources we are investing in future generations.
We opted to go out of Gaborone so that we can have a national reach,” says Andre Barnard the Managing Director of Bank Gaborone.
Bank Gaborone’s corporate social initiative comes at a time when the National Human Resource Development Strategy (NHRDS) has been passed into law.
The law’s emphasis is on developing Batswana into globally competitive assets by 2022.
“We all have a role to play in achieving our national ideals and objectives.
Children are a good starting point because they hold the aspirations of our future. This golf day was about giving less privileged children a chance,” adds Barnard.
For the day, players including Bank Gaborone’s clients and the media were arranged into teams for the game.
After some quality play of 18 holes they were scored and ranked with the top three awarded at the Prize Giving Dinner.
Team prizes are for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and longest day. There were also some individual prizes for shortest to pin and longest drive.
A raffle draw gave two lucky couples a trip to Kasane with accommodation courtesy of Chobe Safari Lodge and flights from Air Botswana.
The raffle tickets were being sold and the proceeds went towards charity.
Bank Gaborone also funds Journey of Hope which support breast cancer awareness.
Other organisations that have been supported are The Cancer Association of Botswana, Bakgatla Bolokang Matshelo and The Diabetes Association.
“We have also made donations to other corporate organisations in their efforts to support charity.
In addition these branches are encouraged to identify a need in their areas and offer assistance however little it may seem.
On occasions we collect clothing and food stuff through our branch network from staff, clients and anyone who is interested to take part and give these to the needy.
We are now considering embarking on another CSR initiative that will involve all our staff and have nationwide reach and bigger impact,” he concluded.