Bank Windhoek in partnership with the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) and project partners officially launched the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project on Thursday, 28 June 2017, in Windhoek.
From 3 to 31 July 2017, apples will be sold at Bank Windhoek branches and participating schools countrywide at a cost of N$5 each.
With Bank Windhoek as the main sponsor, the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project continues to be the biggest national fundraising project in Namibia, and its success is largely dependent on the support and efforts by the public, our branches and departments and the dedication of our Apple Representatives. Since its inception, the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project has raised more than N$17.3 million. In 2016 the project raised a record amount of N$2.9 million for cancer patients in Namibia.
The main objective of the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project is to reach all Namibians with the message that prevention is better than cure and that by following a healthy lifestyle, you can reduce your risk of cancer. The theme for the 2017 Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project is “Eat Healthy. Live Healthy. Prevent Cancer”.
“The goal this year is to distribute a million apples and break last year’s record. With support from our customers, CAN, colleagues and each and every Namibian, we can beat cancer. The purpose of the project is not only about selling or buying apples, it is about saving lives and creating awareness. To achieve this goal, we are proud to say that donations can now be made via Bank Windhoek’s Electronic Channels which includes iBank, Cellphone Banking or the Mobile App. The Cancer Apple Project will be added as beneficiary to these channels,” said Baronice Hans, Bank Windhoek’s Managing Director.
“The Cancer Association of Namibia is proud of its 17 year association with the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project. The project has made a meaningful and lasting impact in the lives of cancer patients who have benefited from the funds raised. As we embark on the 2017 Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project, we must reflect on the lives we have touched through this campaign,” said Rolf Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Association of Namibia.
Statistics from the Namibia National Cancer Registry, administered by the Cancer Association of Namibia, reveals that between 3 400 and 4 000 Namibians are newly diagnosed with cancer annually. The majority of patients diagnosed with cancer are from the North, Erongo, //Kharas and Hardap Regions.
“Let us focus on the hope that this project brings and the change you inspire when marketing, selling or purchasing an apple. Only when we stand together can we do better – better in advocacy, better in education, better in screening, treatment and care. And, definitely better in winning this fight against cancer,” Hansen said.
To encourage schools to participate in the 2017 Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project, Bank Windhoek will award a total of N$45 000 to the winning schools. The school that sells the most apples will receive a cash prize of N$7 000, followed by N$5 000 and N$3 000 for the second and third places respectively. This prize money will be awarded in the categories for Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Schools. To give even the smallest school a chance of winning, the ratio between the number of apples purchased and the number of pupils will be calculated.
The winners of the school project will be announced at the official handover of the funds to CAN on 10 November 2017.
Partners of the 2017 Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project are:
For more information and to download the entry form, visit the Bank Windhoek website at www.bankwindhoek.com.na. Entry forms can also be obtained from all the Bank Windhoek branches and agencies countrywide.
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