A pencil for every child

16 October 2019 | Banking

Yolanda Nel
The second Stationary Drive was launched by the Bankers Association of Namibia (BAN) in Windhoek
this morning.
The initiative is an effort to raise funds to buy stationary that can be given to school children who
can’t afford it. “We want Namibians to join this uplifting cause because every little bit can have a big
impact on every scholar,” said Sarel van Zyl, chairperson of BAN.
He added that every pencil donated will enable a Namibian child to write his or her own success
story in life.
According to Van Zyl, it is important for institutions to assist government in a bid to help everyone
succeed.
At the same event, Bank Windhoek’s Corporate Wellness Consultant Marjolize Scholtz, said that in
some schools in Namibia, each pupil has a single A4 sheet per week that must be used for notes and
homework for all their subjects. “Then students are also forced to share the available stationary,”
she added.
In this light, Namibians are invited to donate stationary up until February next year, after which it
will be handed over to needy schools across the country. Donations can be dropped off any of the participating bank branches country wide.
To support the donation drive, the shake-a-tin initiative takes place at various intersections in the
capital on Friday 22 November, when motorists will be asked to donate their change while on their
way to work. “The additional funds raised will be used to buy more stationary,” Scholtz added.
Those wishing to give already, can make monetary donations via the FNB Happiness Store platform.
Banks involved are Bank Windhoek, First National Bank, Letshego Bank, Nedbank, Standard Bank and
Trustco Bank.

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