In the last leg of the ‘Walk Barefoot for Charity’ campaign, the Bankers Association of Namibia (BAN) delivered a consignment of shoes and clothes to Friendly Haven for Abused Women and Children.
This was the last part of the campaign, which all four commercial banks were involved in, joined by Bank of Namibia (BoN).
First National Bank (FNB) of Namibia CEO, Ian Leyenaar whose company, on behalf of BAN, delivered the goods said “in life, people often do not appreciate what they have”.
“I would like to make reference to the saying; ‘I was sad because I had no good shoes, until I met a man who had no feet’. Let us be thankful for what we have and assist those who need our help. BAN also invited the public to donate shoes and the campaign can only be described as a roaring success,” Leyenaar said.
Beneficiaries - the Sam Nujoma Multipurpose Child Care and Welfare, as well as the Community Hope School, Friendly Haven, the Hope Initiative Southern Africa (HISA), the Katutura Old Age Home, King’s Daughters, Men on-the-side of the Road and the School for the Hearing Impaired - gained from this initiative.
The ‘Walk Barefoot for Charity Day’ involved staff members of the different participating banks challenging one another to donate new or old shoes, which even saw some go to work barefoot.
The initiative was a voluntary one and Leyenaar expressed his gratitude saying; “As an association and a good corporate citizen, I would like to thank each of the contributing banks for their support and commitment to a very worthy cause.”