Barclays Donates to Mochudi Centre

| April 28, 2015

Education is one of the most effective ways of breaking the cycle of discrimination and poverty that children with disabilities and their families often face, a Barclays Bank Botswana official, Mr Kgotso Bannabotlhe, has said.

Speaking during a ceremony to mark Barclays Bank Botswana’s donation of P40 000 to Mochudi Resource Centre for the blind (MRCB) in Mochudi on April 24, Mr Bannabotlhe said they were donating the money on behalf of Pan African graduates.

Mr Bannabotlhe, who is the country treasurer and head of global markets, said the Pan African graduate programme was designed to produce the next generation of leaders across all African countries where Barclays has a foot print.

“As part of the Barclays community programme, and for the graduates to put their project management skills to practice, graduates were tasked with a fund raising activity intended to raise a minimum of R1million across the African continent through a project dubbed the Million- Maker,” noted Mr Bannabotlhe.

He further said the proceeds were to go towards a charitable organisation of their choice adding that the Botswana graduates, after a nationwide search, identified MRCB as a charitable organization worthy of their assistance.

Moreover, the country treasurer said the graduates felt that they could use their African platform to not only create awareness, but also to empower and inspire the children living with disability to know that they matter and also have a dream.

He said the graduates held a family fun day at the Grand Palm Hotel on August 9, last year under the theme ‘Around the world market day’.

Mr Bannabotlhe noted that the theme was in line with the Pan African programme which brought together graduates from 12 countries to promote a day where all the different cultures were celebrated and enjoyed.

The director of MRCB Mrs Sophie Moalosi applauded Barclays for donating to MRCB noting that their relationship with Barclays was a long story because the company had always supported the centre.

“In 2008, Barclays was here to renovate our facilities in 2012, they also planted trees in our institution we are now a family with them and I hope our bond will be permanent,” she trusted. She commended Barclays for keeping their promise and also said she remain adamant that this will go a long way in assisting children.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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