Knockout beneficiaries score big

Four organisations have benefited from the N$841 320 collected through the MTC Knockout boxing project that was hosted on 12 October.

05 December 2019 | Sports

Four organisations with track records in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) are the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the MTC Knockout boxing project held on 12 October.

The money was collected through pledges made by companies that sponsored 10 of the 16 celebrity boxers that took part in the boxing event at the Windhoek Country Club Resort.

At a media conference held yesterday in Windhoek, MTC announced that Monica Gender Violence Solution, Ecumenical Social Diaconate Action, Namibia Rural Women Assembly and Ombetja Yehinga are the beneficiaries.

Monica Gender Violence Solution received N$181 320, while the other beneficiaries raked in N$220 000 each.

Subsequent to the successful hosting of the project, MTC invited companies to apply for funding.

“We invited various organisations that do mainstream work relating to GBV. We received a total of 27 applications and subjected them to scrutiny by a setting up a vetting committee. Nine organisations were shortlisted.

“From the shortlisted organisations, four were successful after their presentations. Through this initiative we will enable and support business and civil society partners through financially capacitating them to best work to eliminate GBV in the country,” said John Ekongo, MTC's corporate affairs manager.

“Although our primary business is not law-enforcement or social work, contributing to social justice and welfare in our society must never be ignored.

“As corporate citizens, we have a part to play in capacitating those who have the necessary expertise to address the challenges posed by these heinous crimes, but more importantly to study and try to root out the causes of such atrocious acts,” Ekongo added.

He said even in the face of the economic onslaught, MTC remains steadfast “in playing our part alongside others in the fight against GBV”.

“We would thus like to once again thank all the boxers and corporates (Namdia, Metropolitan, Nasria, BoN, Standard Bank, NWR, Erongo Marine Enterprise, SSC, MVA Fund, NHE and everyone that has played a part in the MTC Knockout project.”

LIMBA MUPETAMI

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