Moruo Development Limited, through its subsidiary, Pioneer Mall, on Thursday presented a M5 000 cheque to the Royal Education Development Trust during a function held at the Royal Palace.
His Majesty King Letsie III established the Trust in 2000 to raise funds for the education of underprivileged young Basotho. Each year, on his birthday which is celebrated on 17 July, His Majesty receives gifts from local businesses, financial institutions and private organizations. These gifts have become the sustaining source of the Trust fund. Although launched in 2000, the Fund’s first intake was during the 2002/2003 financial year and has since helped 244 children.
According to Pioneer Mall Marketing Director, Thato Pekeche, during the weeks leading to His Majesty’s 52nd birthday, the upmarket mall sold cupcakes around Maseru and, in and around the shopping centre.
Tenants of Pioneer Mall also contributed to the Trust, Ms Pekeche added.
Ms Pekeche said of the initiative: “For the past six years, every July during His Majesty’s birthday, we involve the public, customers of Pioneer Mall and tenants to give this present as a token of our continued support.
“We not only focus on giving, but also educating Basotho on what the Trust does in educating disadvantaged children and supporting them.”
On behalf of the Fund, Board Chairman, Chief Mathealira Seeiso implored other businesses and individuals to emulate Pioneer Mall’s noble gesture “as blessed are those who give”.
Chief Seeiso added: “You are witnesses that we, Lesotho, are in trouble due to increased poverty and illness. Taking the little that you have to give for the benefit of others is commendable.
“Pioneer Mall, you are in in the forefront for the benefit of Basotho orphans. As a Board, we will also try to assist in supplementing what you’ve donated to the Fund today.”