MASERU — Nedbank Lesotho last Tuesday handed over a M150 000 cheque to Kick4Life as part of its social responsibility programme.
Speaking at the handover ceremony at the bank’s head office in Maseru, Nedbank Lesotho marketing manager, Rethabile Shale, said the money is going to be used to build phase two of a football pitch.
The donation is part of the M450 000 that Nedbank pledged to hand over to Kick4Life over a three-year period.
She said the funds are being used to build a centre that would use football to inspire, unite and make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children in Lesotho.
The first batch of M150 000 was used to buy and lay the turf at the football pitch near the High Court of Lesotho.
Kick4Life’s country director, Daniela Gusman, thanked Nedbank Lesotho for the timely donation.
“We are extremely grateful for Nedbank’s support and long-term partnership with Kick4Life not just through their financial support but also in their willingness to get involved with our various programmes, such as subscribing to our recycle scheme as well as their staff volunteering their time to be mentors and life coaches to the youth on our work skills programme,” Gusman said.
“This is the real meaning of partnership as we are now going to be able to build phase two of our conference centre which will help us generate income for the organisation.”
She further said they were also planning to rent the football ground and the conference house to generate their own funds and ensure they are independent.
“The time will come when donors will stop funding us so we want to be independent in preparation for that time,” Gusman said.
Also present at the hand-over ceremony was Kick4Life’s team leader, Curtis Gardner, and centre manager Refiloe Maphallela.
Nedbank Lesotho managing director Lazarus Murahwa and the head of sales and marketing, Fusi Notoane, also attended the event.