Four teams, one day, one winner
On Saturday, Barclays Bank of Botswana in partnership with the Kabelano Trust Fund will host the 2014 edition of the Barclays Kabelano Charity spectacular at the national stadium.
The football spectacular follows an agreement entered into by Barclays and Kabelano Trust last year.
Botswana’s top clubs will be battling it out for the P220, 000 as first prize money and only this time the fourth team has changed to Gaborone United.
GU is replacing Nico United, and the decision was influenced by GU’s performance in the last Premier league season.
Other traditional teams are the three teams who are contracted with Kabelano for three years commencing last year, namely Extension Gunners, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Roller.
Kabelano Charity cup has proved to be one of the best entertainment events as it pulls together talent from the music and entertainment industry to pair it with a football extravaganza.
It is by far, one of the organised off season tournament, giving local teams an opportunity to try their new signings while telegraphing to both followers and competitors, their intentions for the new footballing season.
Beyond this traditional viewpoint of the Kabelano bonanza is a more profound purpose of extending a hand of charity to beloved fellow countrymen, women and children and people who not out of their own choosing find themselves in less fortunate circumstances.
“Inspired by all these facts, Barclays then chose to collaborate with the Kabelano Trust Fund to stage this event for three years.
It is fitting, given that Barclays’ has been operating in this country for a little over six decades”, according to the bank’s PR and Communications Manger, Sakaiyo Batshepi.
“We believe that our citizenship agenda, channelled through our corporate social investment should be our ‘Force for Good’ for the country.
From last year’s proceeds, we were able to fund the Women against Rape, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Kagisano Women’s Shelter and the African Women Leadership Academy”.
When quizzed about the criteria they use to select beneficiaries, Batshepi said that “if you look at both the Vision 2016 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), you would realise that as a county, we are lagging behind in health areas, be it Maternal Health; HIV/AIDS and Child Mortality.
The impact extends to poverty, which is also a major contributor to our health index.”
It is, in part, largely noted that through partnerships with like-minded (in helping build the nation) entities such as Kabelano Trust that Barclays could step up its efforts to raise proceeds for purposes of continuously making meaningfully contributions to the country’s wellbeing and social cohesion.
“To us, the Barclays Kabelano Charity spectacular is not just about fun, it is more about closing the gap and augmenting efforts by government and other players such as Non-Governmental Organisations and Community Based Organisations in bringing prosperity to all,” said Baitshepi.
Barclays kick started the maiden year of the partnership event in Lobatse, where the Botswana franchise of Barclays began about 64 years ago.
The price money has been increased by 10% from last year and 2nd Price will console themselves with P110,000 while two semi-finals losers shall receive P55,000 each.