Stanbic Bank Botswana on Friday held a fund-raising campaign named “Shave-a-thon” to support the Cancer Association of Botswana (CAB) awareness activities at its Fairgrounds Branch.
To support this initiative, staff members committed their full participation by donating money towards cancer awareness, which the bank will match and donate to the Cancer Association of Botswana. On the day, some staff showed support by having their hair shaved or sprayed in an array of colours at the Stanbic Bank Wellness Center.
The bank has partnered with companies, such as Hair Solutions, Nature Care and Journey of Hope, who will shave or dye hair, give staff tips on cancer related diets and supplements as well as breast cancer examinations.
This is to ensure that the staff members receive the necessary information and support concerning cancer.
According to Wellness Manager, Mrs Aone Mmelesi, a spray or shave cost P50 per person and all proceeds would go to CAB to assist cancer patients countrywide.
“Wellness Section has partnered with CAB on this initiative in order to create awareness and give hope to cancer patients and enable CAB to reach the wider community. This initiative is also meant to encourage corporate bodies and individuals alike to join hands in the fight against cancer, we all have to play our part to alleviate the negative effects of cancer in our society.”
CAB is totally dependent on fundraising projects, goodwill from the public and the involvement of the business community to raise funds for physical assistance to cancer patients, information and awareness campaigns throughout the year and research on cancer in the country. “Only with the support and unwavering commitment of organisations such as Stanbic Bank and the public can we win the fight against cancer; together each one of us could make a difference,” said CAB Coordinator, Lettie Mosimi-Gabontshwe.
It is through such support that we can reduce the impact of cancer by increasing awareness and education to promote healthy lifestyles, early detection of cancer, facilitating medical care and providing counselling and support to those affected.”
Stanbic Bank has supported CAB financially, including donation of a mini bus in the past years, and this year’s initiative is to emphasise the bank’s commitment to social relevance in the community it operates in as well as helping those that are less fortunate in our society.