By Confidente Reporter
THE O&L Group continues to touch the lives of those less privileged with almost 120 Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVCs) at the coast treated to an early Christmas experience that was hosted by Hangana Seafood, a subsidiary of the O&L, last week.
This initiative is in addition to the 200 shoeboxes delivered between 25-29 November to handicapped centers in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, made with love by O&L Employees and their families. Approximately 200 OVCs from the Monte Christo Primary Project School were also spoiled by the O&L Group in Windhoek at a special Christmas party last month while 1 550 less privileged children from the Moses Garoëb Project School each received a special Christmas box.
The OVC coastal Christmas party was hosted for the eighth consecutive year at the Sparta Sports Ground in Walvis Bay. Children from the Erongo House of Safety; Swakopmund Tears of Hope; Promise Land Soup Kitchen; Promise Land Play School; Kids Haven and Jonah Home were treated to a party filled with lots of games, goodies and of course Santa Claus who also made his appearance to surprise the children with lovely gifts prepared by the O&L employees.
Each year, the operating companies of the O&L Group namely Pick n Pay Namibia; Namibia Breweries Limited; Namibia Dairies; Broll Namibia; Dimension Data; O&L Energy; O&L Leisure; Hangana Seafood; Kraatz; Eros Air; Weathermen & Co. as well as Brandtribe support the initiative in line with the Group’s purpose of ‘Creating a future, Enhancing life’, and are committed to making the event a memorable day for the children.
During his welcoming address, general manager of the Strand Hotel Swakopmund (one of the hospitality resorts under the O&L Leisure portfolio), Lance Hurly expressed joy in the efforts by the O&L Group and its employees towards the special Christmas treats for OVCs.
“The O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a future, Enhancing life’ for all Namibians is clearly something O&L employees are very passionate about. This is evident in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities of all operating companies within the group. It makes me proud to be part of the O&L family who contributes so much to the upliftments of the communities in which it operates,” said Hurly.
O&L OVC coastal Christmas party committee member, Tanja Payne added that, “Our employees are very passionate about the annual OVC Christmas party and are committed to make a positive impact in the lives of these children. There is nothing quite as special as being rewarded with the happy smiles and laughter of the children which can be heard throughout this fun filled day”.
Payne went on to thank all external sponsors that contributed to making this year’s coastal OVC Christmas party a reality. “The day would not have been possible without the generous support of: Salon Nailika; Omega Security; Afrox; The FunShop; Rent-A-Toilet; Chip & Dip; Fruit & Veg Walvis Bay; Jolly Lolly; Mega Stationaries; Chocolate Boutique; Shivute & Associates QS; Walvis Bay Fire Brigade; Aloe Consulting Engineers; J&K as well as TOPS Spar. On behalf of the entire O&L Group and Hangana Seafood in particular, our heartfelt thanks for your valued support and contribution in making this special day a memorable one for our beautiful kiddies”.
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