­Supporting CAN and ­community causes

Kind hearts
Otis Daniels
More than 100 women attended the recent Bank Windhoek Walvis Bay branch’s annual entrepreneurial fundraiser event. On the occasion, awareness about cancer is raised, and this year’s event also raised funds to assist a community project for disabled children and children with learning disabilities. Bank Windhoek sells apples each year to raise funds for cancer awareness. In addition, each branch of the bank must host an entrepreneurial event to raise funds for cancer and a community project.

The Bank Windhoek Walvis Bay branch, in collaboration with Rojo’s restaurant, sponsored the venue and a buffet breakfast for the ladies in attendance. Proceeds of the tickets sold were divided between the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN), and the Stepping Stones School for Autism, a school accommodating 43 children with autism in the coastal region. Walvis Bay Spar also pampered the ladies with a gift bag as a token of appreciation for their support of this project, which Bank Windhoek’s Walvis Bay Branch aims to host annually.

Javier Punzel, an educator at Stepping Stones School for Autism, explained that the school based in Swakopmund accommodates children with special needs. “We are a private organisation that depends on sponsors and donations. We are very appreciative and want to thank everyone involved with this project from the bottom of our hearts.

Punzel said the donation will enable the school to develop its new plan for children with complex needs. “We can acquire the necessary equipment to activate our plan which involves providing vocational training for the children. This will enable them to gain skills which will help them to create employment opportunities for themselves.”

Event organiser Liza Punzel shared her personal journey with a friend who had to undergo a double mastectomy. “The cruelty of this illness gives you scars way more than you can count and it’s a process to own those scars instead of being afraid of them. Walking a distance with my friend made me realise that life is a gift, not a given right. Cancer can steal a lot from a person, but it will never steal love or hope.”