MASERU — Nedbank last week donated 100 blankets to orphans and vulnerable children of Mpharane in Mohale’s Hoek through the Lesotho Red Cross relief programme. The blankets were handed to the Red Cross on Wednesday at its headquarters in Maseru. The donation was handed by the Nedbank marketing officer, Nthethe Sekoli, and was received by the Red Cross relief programme manager ’Matšepo Moletsane.
Moletsane said the Red Cross assists people living with HIV/Aids and Tuberculosis (TB) patients and where there are disasters. She said their chief interest is to help orphans and vulnerable children because in many cases they are unable to do things by themselves because of their tender age. “We approached Nedbank seeking assistance and Nedbank responded to our request as you can see blankets that will be distributed in the Mohale’s Hoek district,” Moletsane said.
Speaking at the same occasion, Sekoli said Nedbank already had the idea to give back to the community because it is winter. “We wanted to give back to the community but we didn’t know how to go about it and fortunately Red Cross approached us for help and worked on how we can work together to give back to the people,” Sekoli said.
“There are 100 blankets that will be given to 100 children in about 50 families of Mpharane,” he said.
“We are thankful to be given the platform by Red Cross to support one another and we are also going to work together to see that these blankets reach to the families chosen or involved in this”. “It is not confirmed as to when the blankets will be distributed in Mohale’s Hoek but it will be soon.” Moletsane added that Red Cross works together with chiefs, care facilitators, schools and clinics to identify people who need help and that is done by an identification and verification form.