The FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust yesterday handed over an amount of N$104 000 towards the karate training of 24 children at the Namibia Children’s Home (NCH). The funds will be used towards karate uniforms, karate tuition for a year, gradings for a year and the opportunity to participate in local SKAI competitions for a year.
In her address Revonia Kahivere, CSI Manager explained why the FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust supported the collaborative effort between SKAI and NCH. “Karate offers students many life lessons, disciplines and skills that they will take with them throughout their lives and that will better prepare them for the challenges that the modern world presents.”
The Director of Child Welfare Services thanked the FirstRand Foundation for their contribution and encouraged the children to focus on the positive things in life, and to enjoy the karate training.
“We are extremely proud of this initiative and the children in the programme. We want to thank our partners for affording us this wonderful opportunity. We want to especially thank FNB Namibia, who true to their slogan ‘how can we help you?’ rushed to our assistance to fund this initiative. FNB has once again clearly demonstrated that it takes an interest in wider social issues by helping develop and invest in Namibia and its people. I am convinced that this project s only the start and that in years to come we might spread this initiative in centres throughout Namibia
Revonia thanked and applauded the Shotokan Karate Academy for their passion for children, and their focus on discipline and helping to establish a positive self-image. Revonia added: “As a proudly Namibian Group, we believe in building great Namibians through our numerous sport development programmes. The FirstRand Namibia Foundation’s contribution to the development of sport is in line with the organisation’s commitment to making a difference in the community in which we operate in. FirstRand Namibia’s contribution to the development of sport expands beyond karate to cricket, cycling, and tennis, to name a few.”