An apple a day

Once again Bank Windhoek and the Cancer Association have journeyed together to raise funds and awareness for those affected by cancer and schools in Namibia have shown their support.

19 November 2019 | Education

Mariselle Stofberg

The Cancer Apple Project has impacted the lives of numerous Namibians and has managed to raise N$2.5 million in aid of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN).

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.

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

In the pre-primary schools division India’s Day Care in Lüderitz received the first place, with Kelkiewyn from Windhoek in second and Kindergarten West in Windhoek in third place.

In the primary schools division Deutsche Privatschule Otavi won the first place. Privatschule Grootfontein came second and Privaatskool Excelsior of Keetmanshoop third.

Redimere Academy Secondary School at Tsumeb was awarded first place in the secondary schools’ division, with Berg Op Akademie of Okahandja in second and Tsumeb Gimnasium in the third place.

In the combined schools’ division Henties Bay Private School won first place with the most apples sold. Second was Edugate Academy and Privaatskool Elnatan from Stampriet came third.

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

“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.

“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.

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 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.

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