Amid celebrations, Woolworths Botswana on Thursday donated clothing hampers worth P 1 million to Gaborone City Council (GCC). Delivering the donation at an event hosted by Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in Gaborone, General Manager Abotseng Lekau said giving to charitable organisations forms an integral part of Woolworths' Corporate Social Responsibility.
Lekau said the company has already donated clothing hampers worth over P5 million to GCC in the last five years. She said giving back to the community is inspired by the company’s motto towards social upliftment which says; “Woolworths how I can make a difference’’.
She said the donation is to restore the human dignity of the less privileged members of society, particularly orphans and victims of human trafficking.
“Woolworths has been trading in Botswana for the past 20 years, hence we understand the needs of our society. We do charity work as part of giving back to the community that we do business with,” she said, adding that the company has so far injected P 5 million into donating winter clothing hampers every year. Since the beginning of 2019, P3 million worth of food hampers has already been disbursed to some charitable trusts, she revealed. Some of the charity centers that Woolworths has assisted through donations include Gamodubu Trust and UCCSA Lephoi Centre based in Francistown amongst others.
Gaborone Mayor Kagiso Thutlwe appreciated the support that Woolworths continues to bestow of on the municipality to uplift the less privileged residents. He said they are looking forward for a prolonged special working relationship with the company for many years to come. For his part, the minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Frans Van Der Westhuizen extended heartfelt gratitude to the company for heeding the call to help in alleviating poverty. He said Woolworths have supported GCC without fail since entering into partnership. This noble gesture by Woolworths is so much appreciated. The donation of such caliber gives a monumental experience, dignity and pride to the individuals that will be getting the hampers across the country,” he added.