One of Botswana’s fuel providers, Engen, on Thursday donated clothes to the SPONSOR A CHILD TRUST FUND as part of its social responsibility roles. The marriage of the two dates back to five years ago and the relationship has seen the couple helping multitudes of underprivileged youth in the society.
Handing the donations, the Engen Marketing Director, Mr. Duncan Murashiki, said they have for the last past five years been collecting from the nation, old clothes, toys and other accessories and donating them to the Sponsor a Child Trust Fund. He said this year they have seen more success in terms of collecting donations and they intend to intensify their efforts in the future as well as helping the underprivileged in other fields, such as education.
Accepting the donations, the Chairperson of the Sponsor a Child Trust Fund, who is a Specially Elected MP and the Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry, Dorcus Makgato-Malesu, said they are proud of their long relationship with Engen as it has so far bore a lot of fruit.
She said “despite the bigger assignments we have, we want to continue our duties within the organization”.
The Trust Fund in the past has successfully helped in raising funds for young Thato Tsheko, who had to undergo an operation costing P500 000.
Thato had been born with a very rare liver condition and without a gall bladder, which resulted in internal body malfunctions.
The trust fund also successfully secured funds in the past from the then Vice President, Ian Khama, which were then channeled to Botswana Christian AIDS Intervention Programme (BOCAIP), Botswana Red Cross, Masiela Trust Fund, and Botswana Retired Nurses Day Care Centre.
The trust fund was established by President Ian Khama, who is also the patron of the Trust Fund, in 1998 with the aim of rallying the private sector and the public in helping underprivileged children in the country.
Other trustees of the Sponsor a Child Trust Fund include Assistant Minister of Presidential Affairs, Mokgweetsi Masisi, who also graced the event, and Mike Klink.