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Absa brings over a quarter of a million rand in festive cheer to Soweto orphans

Orphaned children at the Orlando Children’s Home in Soweto can look forward to a brighter future, thanks to two years of aid in cash and kind, to the tune of R360 000 from the employees of Absa’s Business Banking unit in Gauteng.

Christmas came early for the orphanage on Tuesday, 24 November when Absa held a ceremony to hand over bedding (sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers and duvet inners), Christmas hampers to the orphanage’s 40 staff members, 2 tons of porridge and presented R120 000 to the orphanage’s caretaker, Miriam Mazibuko, to help with the home’s monthly operational expenses.

Bongani Dlamini, Orlando East Local Ward Councillor, joined in the festivities and commended Absa for playing such an admirable role in the community.

Absa’s involvement forms part of a commitment made to raise R100 000 per annum for three years to uplift the lives of the 60 children from the orphanage.

Oscar Siziba, newly appointed Provincial Managing Executive of the Northern Region at Absa said: “For the past two years, Absa employees' extraordinary compassion for those in need has been displayed through their abundant contributions to this charitable cause. I am humbled by their kindness, and am so proud of the impact we have made. To exceed the R300 000 mark we had set for ourselves in less than two years bears testimony to the generosity of our employees and their families.”

Absa has reached several critical benchmarks in its quest to uplift the lives of these orphans. Fundraising efforts to date have covered expenses such as food, toiletries, winter clothing, blankets, a new jungle gym, educational toys to develop gross and fine motor skills, school uniforms and shoes, setting up of a complete irrigation system, as well as general repairs to the bathrooms and bedrooms.

“This year, our employees donated more than 37 000 nappies and over 15 000 baby wipes. Our donations have also helped to equip the Home with Wi-Fi access, working computers and boys clothing worth R7 500,” says Siziba.

“At Absa we understand that a nation that unites against poverty is a nation that prospers. We give these orphaned children dignity and hope for the future. We are not giving these children hand-outs, but rather a hand to lift them up and we are proud to be a more active partner in solving societal problems,” he concludes.