QUEEN ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso hosted a tea party on Friday to thank individuals and corporates who donated to the Hlokomela Bana Foundation, which assists orphans and vulnerable children.
The event, held at the Royal Palace in Maseru, was attended by chieftainesses from the country’s 10 districts clad in red traditional Seshoeshoe dresses, who welcomed some of the foundation’s benefactors.
According to the programme director, ‘Malehlohonolo Mokhoema, the intimate tea party was meant to express gratitude to individuals and corporates who contributed towards last month’s gala dinner.
During the glitzy fundraising gala-dinner-dance held on 5 June 2015 at Avani Maseru Hotel, the Queen’s National Trust Fund exceeded its M1million target by raising M1, 032 593 for the Hlokomela Bana Foundation. The event also coincided with the week Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso celebrated her 39th birthday on 2 June.
The trust fund was established by Her Majesty’s late mother-in-law, Queen ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso in 1985 with the aim to assist needy children access education. Over the years, thousands of disadvantaged students have had their educational costs covered by the fund.
Currently, 320 secondary and high school students are benefiting from the fund, while others have already graduated from various tertiary institutions, courtesy of the same initiative.
On behalf of the Hlokomela Bana Foundation, Leribe Chieftainess, ‘Mamopeli Motšoene, said: “Hlokomela Bana takes care of vulnerable children around the country and we ensure that all donations from you reach them so that they can change their lives for the better.
“We wish all the best to your organisations and that God helps them flourish as we promise to continue supporting them. We are looking forward to more warm working relations.”
According to Maleshoane Mokhathi from Kick4Life, who spoke on behalf of the sponsors, the initiative enabled various organisations to give back to vulnerable members of the community.
“We thank you for the opportunity to help the vulnerable achieve their dreams, and we promise to continue with the support. Please remember that our doors will always be open,” said Ms Mokhathi.
In her brief address, Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso said the gathering was not for long speeches but dining together to celebrate the success of the gala dinner.
“Even though the day of the gala dinner was my big day which I was supposed to celebrate with my family, I chose to use the opportunity to help make children’s dreams a reality and you also left the comfort of your homes to come help achieve that goal,” said Her Majesty.
“The event was very successful and made everybody aware of the fact that parental responsibilities do not end in our households but also extend to those children in the streets.
“We take this opportunity to thank you for your undying support. We have neither silver nor gold to offer you, but we would like to share with you the little we have. God bless Lesotho and Basotho!”