BANK Windhoek announced that despite challenging economic conditions, its Cancer Apple Project, which has positively impacted the lives of many Namibians, has managed to raise N$2.5 million in aid of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN).
This was announced at the funds handover ceremony held at CAN’s Chica Interim Home in Windhoek.
André Le Roux spokesperson of the bank stated that the project, themed ‘More than an apple is the fruit of hope’, for 2019, as it aims to create cancer awareness and raise funds for much needed support in the community.
With Bank Windhoek as the main sponsor, the project taps into the charitable nature of ordinary Namibians who are willing to buy an apple for N$5.
Speaking at the handover of the Bank’s annual Cancer Apple Project, Jacquiline Pack, Executive Officer for Marketing and Corporate Communication Services, said: “As the number of Namibians diagnosed with cancer increases every year, it stands to reason that funding to organisations such as the Cancer Association needs to be both continuous and consistent.
Funds raised through the project last year has been allocated to the Patient Financial Assistance Programme, and pediatric cancer patient care.
Pack added that the N$ 2.5 raised in support of the incredible work done by the CAN, is the result of many ordinary Namibians, each doing their little bit of good. “Compassion and caring is what makes us human.
Love for our fellow human beings lies at the heart of who we really are. This donation demonstrates that ordinary Namibians have connected with each other for a common goal that resulted in N$ 2.5 million,” said Pack.
Bank Windhoek has called for the continued funding of cancer awareness programmes and organisation to mitigate the rising number of reported cancer diagnosis cases in Namibia.
Continued emphasis was placed on screening women for HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer.
“Bank Windhoek regards the Outreach Programme a critical exercise and commends CAN for going into the most remote communities to do this vital work. This kind of relentless action is an extension of our vision at Bank Windhoek, which is to invest in communities in which we operate.” Pack concluded.