A fruit of hope

Once again Bank Windhoek and the Cancer Association have journeyed together to raise funds and awareness for those affected by cancer.

15 November 2019 | Business

Mariselle Stofberg

Despite challenging economic conditions, the Cancer Apple Project, which has impacted the lives of numerous Namibians, has managed to raise N$2.5 million in aid of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN).

This was revealed at the handover of the funds held at CAN’s Chica Interim Home in Windhoek on Friday, 8 November.

With Bank Windhoek as the main sponsor, the Cancer Apple Project encourages Namibians to buy an apple for N$5.

“We realised that the only way to provide universal health coverage, health care and access to quality care is when we as Namibians stand together to make it a reality. We as a Namibian community have the power in our hands to make this a reality to all those in need,” said Rolf Hansen, the chief executive officer of CAN.

Bank Windhoek has also called for the continued funding of cancer awareness programmes and organisations to mitigate the rising number of reported cancer cases in Namibia.

“The Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project is the single biggest fundraiser in Namibia in the area of health and this year we celebrated this under the theme ‘More Than Just an Apple; It’s a Fruit of Hope’,” said Jacquiline Pack, the executive officer for marketing and corporate communication services of Bank Windhoek.

“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 paediatric cancer patient care,” Pack said.

Pack added that the money raised in support of the work done by the CAN was the result of many ordinary Namibians doing their bit of good.

“Compassion and caring are 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,” said Pack.

This is the 19th year that the project has been under way and it has managed to raise more than N$25.5 million since its inception. The collected funds enable CAN to reach out and screen Namibians for cervical and prostate cancer in all 14 regions at no cost.

The Swakopmund branch of Bank Windhoek sold the most apples (60 059) and the Walvis Bay branch generated N$95 986 in support of the project through Bank Windhoek’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

A total of 570 schools participated in the project this year. Each of the schools competed for selling the most apples in four categories. With total prize money of N$60 000, each winning school received a cash prize of N$7 000, while schools who came second and third each received N$5 000 and N$3 000 respectively.

The partners of the 2018 Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project were Namibia Fresh Produce, Fruit and Veg City, NamPost Couriers and FP du Toit Transport, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Safari Hotels, PayToday Namibia and GiveToday, Solitaire Press, the radio services of the NBC, Maerua SuperSpar and Jaylo Productions.

Similar News


Meatco gets bulk of Norwegian quota

5 days ago - 05 December 2019 | Business

The Meat Board of Namibia has allocated next year's 1 600-tonne Norwegian beef export quota to Meatco and the Brukkaros abattoir. Meatco received a 1...

Synthetic diamonds pose a threat

5 days ago - 05 December 2019 | Business

Namdeb managing director Riaan Burger says although synthetic diamonds are a threat to his company; it is not something he is losing sleep over.He made...

PwC Namibia Walvis Bay office offers more than just...

6 days ago - 04 December 2019 | Business

Ansie Rossouw - As we approach the end of a very busy year, it is customary to reflect on the year gone by, as well...

Focus on people as well as profit

6 days ago - 04 December 2019 | Business

Zoe Tabary - Consumers have the power to make companies behave better and look beyond the bottom line, business leaders and activists said on Wednesday,...

Saudi Arabia’s Aramco casts IPO net

6 days ago - 04 December 2019 | Business

Anuj Chopra - From taboo-busting religious support to easy credit and fervent jingoism, Saudi Arabia pulled out all the stops to prop up Aramco's IPO...

Key zones saved from mining

1 week ago - 02 December 2019 | Business

With about 75% of mining revenue generated in protected areas, a policy has been developed that identifies nine areas in the country where prospecting and...

Finding the law

1 week ago - 29 November 2019 | Business

Elizabeth JosephPull Quote: “Hard work and integrity go hand in hand; you can’t have one and not the other.” –Ray Silungwe, founder of Silungwe Legal...

Building dreams and futures through football

1 week ago - 29 November 2019 | Business

Evany van WykFranklin-Luke Philander from Tsumeb is the night security supervisor at the Strand Hotel in Swakopmund, where he grew up. In 2011 he matriculated...

Knowledge knows no gender

1 week ago - 29 November 2019 | Business

Mariselle StofbergMaking your mark as a woman in a male-dominated industry is not for the faint-hearted, but Anel Wasserfall has proven that the tide is...

Perseverance is key

1 week ago - 29 November 2019 | Business

Evany van WykDeciding to become an entrepreneur is a huge step in anybody’s life. You take responsibility for your own future and that of others,...

Latest News

Debts, joblessness fuel latest rating...

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Economics

Rating agency Moody's downgraded Namibia's economy on Friday to a Ba2 rating but changed the outlook to stable, citing among other things rising government debt...

By-elections galore in January

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Politics

Four by-elections are scheduled to take place on 15 January in constituencies vacated by councillors who resigned because of the enforcement of Article 47 of...

Geingob 'oblivious' to corruption

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Government

If President Hage Geingob does not realise how endemic corruption is in Namibia and what role it played in the humiliation decline of his and...

Trivialising corruption

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Opinion

President Hage Geingob's defensive stance on corruption – capped by his remark on Friday that the problem is not systemic – cannot go unchallenged.For a...

Winning the fight against measles

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Health

Over the past decade there has been a drastic decline in measles cases in Namibia, dropping from 1 815 to only 16 confirmed cases this...

What a year

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

As I write my last column for 2019, I would like to reflect on what I feel was good and bad this year in the...

Ashikoto hopes for better 2020

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA Power-Power Development and Boxing Academy promoter Risto Ashikoto says he hopes for a better...

Javier Mascherano unveiled as Estudiantes...

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports

NAMPA/XINHUA Javier Mascherano said Saturday that he feels motivated and ready to return to Argentinian football after his official unveiling as...

Go all out for Olympic...

1 day - 09 December 2019 | Sports


Load More