The yet to be launched Cheshire Foundation of Botswana’s Palapye regional office on Tuesday received P100, 000 worth of therapeutic equipment from Stanbic Bank of Botswana. The donation is a result of a long standing relationship between Stanbic Bank and Cheshire Foundation, as the bank continues to dedicate itself towards aiding local philanthropic organisations.
After evaluating the processes of the foundation and identifying its needs, Stanbic Bank opted to furnish and equip the treatment room. The relationship between Stanbic Bank and Cheshire Foundation spans a period of ten years. Each year, the bank has supported the foundation by tagging its staff to be part of the foundation’s charitable walks, where a certain amount was contributed by the bank. Over the past four years, the bank has focused its support on the Palapye centre.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Head of Customer Channels at Stanbic Bank, Mr. Calistas Chijoro said, “The work that the Cheshire Foundation has done over the years, and that which they continue to do, is immeasurable. They have become a pillar in our society that safeguards the interests of our most important citizens: our children. The love, support and care that they provide to our youth increases each day, and increasingly more communities stand to benefit from the work of Cheshire.”
Stanbic Bank made time to enlighten the Cheshire Foundation staff on how to operate the donated equipment.
“We are grateful for the generous donation from Stanbic Bank. However, we are even more grateful for the incredible relationship we continue to have with the bank. Any act of kindness is commendable, but sustainable and long-term relationships such as the one we have with the Stanbic family is what really helps us to achieve our objectives as a foundation in the long run,” said Mr Billy Masebola, Executive Director of the Cheshire Foundation of Botswana.
The equipment provided includes but is not limited to: hydro collators, traction units, stationary bikes, examination couches, multipurpose gym and treadmill. This comprises much needed specialised equipment required by Cheshire. The intention is to contribute to the rehabilitation, health and wellbeing of the underprivileged and disabled youth and young teenagers being cared for by the centre and to therefore ensure a better and brighter future for them.
“As a bank and as a corporate citizen, we commend the entire Cheshire team for continuing to selflessly aid our children and spread their generous wings into the Palapye community. This is but a small gesture to show our support and commitment as Stanbic bank,” continued Mr. Chijoro.
The Cheshire Foundation of Botswana was established in 1988 and currently caters for over 130 villages, 47 of which are cared for at the Foundation’s Mogoditshane base. It is anticipated that up to 89 villages will benefit from the new regional office in Palapye.