MASERU — Pioneer Shopping Centre on Tuesday donated M10 000 to King Letsie III’s education development project.
The shopping centre, in association with one of its biggest tenants Pick ’n Pay, raised the funds by selling cup cakes starting from July 1 as part of the King’s birthday celebration held on July 17.
The cheque was handed to the Royal Education Development Trust chairman, Kuena Phafane, at a ceremony held at the Royal Palace.
Thabo Monaheng, the director of Moruo Development, the company which owns Pioneer Shopping Centre, said the joint venture of the shopping precinct and Pick ’n Pay has been running the “Cup Cake Campaign” since the opening of the mall with the aim to contribute to the King’s education project.
Monaheng said the annual “Cup Cake Campaign” gives the general public and tenants of the Pioneer Shopping Centre an opportunity to learn about the Royal Education Development Trust and contribute to it.
“From the 1st of July every year, the shopping centre runs this campaign to highlight the plight of the disadvantaged Basotho children who have no means of getting education,” he said.
“It is through this campaign that we make sure that all Basotho participate in a charity that is so close to His Majesty’s heart, letting him know that we share in his passion and dedication to empower the youth of the Kingdom of Lesotho.”
The Royal Education Development Trust chairman Phafane said he was very impressed to receive this gift.
“On behalf of the board I am very impressed to receive this gift from of Pioneer Shopping Centre in partnership with Pick ’n Pay,” Phafane said.
“We have been told that from July 1 they ran a campaign to collect money to celebrate the Kings birthday,” he said.
He said it’s amazing that within a short period of time they were able to collect this money.
The Royal Education Development Trust was formed in 2000.