Thank you AfriSam! : The Mophato oa Mants'ase Society

Thank you AfriSam!

by Elaine Herbert on 05/18/13

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Mbeu, (a TshiVenda word meaning seed), is the name of the AfriSam programme through which employees can become active participants in giving back to the community.

As part of the Mbeu initiative, five employees of AfriSam took part in the Moshoeshoe Walk held in March this year. Each employee who completed the walk earned a M2,500 donation for Mantsase Childrens Home, the donations being made from the AfriSam Corporate Social Responsibility budget.

In this way employees contributed their personal time and efforts towards raising funds for Mantsase Childrens Home, Mr Thato Tsuene, Country Manager, AfriSam Lesotho, explained.

The Moshoeshoe Walk (Menkhoaneng to Thaba-Bosiu), is an organized historical walk first held in 2007 and now an annual event. The 116km 3 day walk retraces the journey of King Moshoeshoe I and it has been described as the toughest saunter.

I would say it is tough! Those participating in the walk not only have to negotiate treacherously steep climbs into and out of gorges, and tackle steep mountain passes, they also need to be able to cope with the high altitudes of Lesotho. And all five AfriSam employees completed the walk!

On Thursday the 16th May, at a celebratory gathering at Mantsase Childrens Home, we were honoured to receive a cheque for M12,500 from AfriSam, as well as a beautifully framed photograph taken on the Walk. It was extra special that some of those who had completed the Walk on behalf of Mantsase Childrens Home were able to be at the celebrations, and take part in handing over the cheque and photograph. Thank you so much! And thank you to our children who provided the entertainment, you sang and danced beautifully, and your skit was thoroughly entertaining.

Thank you so much to AfriSam and to those who participated in the Moshoeshoe Walk on behalf of Mantsase Childrens Home. This generous donation will help further our mission of providing sanctuary for orphaned and vulnerable children.

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