In a bid to bring an early Christmas cheer to senior citizens, Standard Bank employees of Okahandja Branch recently hosted a fundraising gala dinner for the elderly of the Immanuel Old Age Home in the garden town.
“We appreciate this a lot, may God bless you and your bank,” said elderly grandmother Sophie Kaiser with a smiles as she enjoys her scrumptious dinner.
All the proceeds raised at the event will be used towards the needs of the old age home. The event which took place on the 7th of December in Okahandja attracted a whole host of various companies and individuals alike who gave their support towards the employee volunteerism initiative.
“This is not the first that Standard Bank Okahandja Branch is involved with the Immanuel Old Age Home, hence our immediate outreach when we read the article in the Namibian newspaper. Our team immediately put our heads together and brainstormed about ways of raising funds to bring hope to the elderly and this event is our way of showing that we care,” said Standard Bank’s Branch Manager Ronny Namaseb.
“Through our ongoing corporate social investment initiatives, Standard Bank strives to be relevant in the communities in which it operates and staff volunteerism is part and parcel of this process – where we help the less fortunate and vulnerable in society,” added Standard Bank’s Public Relations Manager Surihe Gaomas-Guchu.
At the same occasion, Okahandja Mayor Congo Hindjou commended Standard Bank for this kind gesture and urged more companies to follow suit. “We need to come together and seeing that Standard Bank has started this initiative many more companies need to come on board to help our vulnerable citizens of our community,” said the Mayor.
The Immanuel Old Age Home has been adopted as a social project by the Standard Bank Okahandja Branch employees who will help to address the needs of the beneficiaries at that home. The dinner ended off with a vibrant performance by the Okahandja Youth Choir.