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Cancer Project Raises N$33.9 Million Since 2000

By: Staff writer

Bank Windhoek has announced that it has raised N$2 million this year for the annual Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project.

The Bank’s Executive Officer of marketing and corporate communication services, Jacquiline
Pack has announced this recently, stating that the project has raised N$33.9 million since 2000,
in aid of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN).

“The past 22 years have seen Bank Windhoek cement its support for the work done by CAN,
making the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project the cornerstone of our corporate social
responsibility efforts,” Pack said.

She said the cancer apple project underlines the bank’s commitment to positive change.

“We remain proud of this association and commit to raising funds for this worthy cause well into
the future,” said Pack.

For 2022, the project sold a record number of 466 548 apples and 93 000 apple juices.

CAN’s chief executive officer, Rolf Hansen hailed the continued support from Namibians and
Bank Windhoek towards the project which helps the organisation’s fight against cancer.

“We can only impact lives where the collective community stands in solidarity when the
individual in need,” Hansen said.

“In celebration and thanksgiving of this generous amount raised through the humble and sincere
contributions of all Namibians, and especially the dedication of Bank Windhoek employees, I
say thank you, but with a heart full of true gratitude.”

CAN uses funds from the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project for its annual outreach
programmes and pro-bono cancer screening across all 14 regions countrywide.
Hansen said cancer is a very costly disease.

“And we see many patients who either cancel or decrease their medical aid, with only 55% of
our greatly reduced annual budgeted income attained at 22 November at the Cancer Association
and having already reached 70% of of our heavily slashed annual budgeted allowance of N$11
million, this is versus the N$20 million that we used to have in the past annually at 30
November,” he said.

As part of the celebration of Bank Windhoek’s 40th anniversary, the company invited people
across the country to participate in a drawing competition which depicted the project’s theme for
2022, #GiveHope.

“We received many inspiring pieces of work. Art is a powerful communicator. What is evident
from the submissions is that the many Namibians are affected in one way or another by cancer,
and the impact on these budding artists is immense. Every day we give hope to ordinary
Namibians who get screened for cancer that, if diagnosed early enough, is highly treatable. That
is the power of the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project,” Pack said.

Staff Writer

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