The Standard Bank Community Day was initiated last year to encourage bank staff to reach out to communities and individuals. The Bank has designated the 4th of October every year as Community Day, although some activities stretch well beyond that date.
Each department or branch in Standard Bank selects a worthy cause of their choice and then decides on an activity that will benefit the selected group of beneficiaries. Staff members use their own money to assist.
The targeted beneficiaries of the Community Day initiatives are mainly orphanages, hospitals, schools and, to some extent, individuals who are in dire need of food or clothing assistance.
This year, the various Standard Bank departments and branches gave back to their respective communities in the form of food donations, the painting of classrooms, spending time with children in hospital wards, and donating children’s books and toys.
The Community Day initiative gives staff members an opportunity to reach out to those who are less fortunate than themselves. Community Day is a celebration of giving back and creating hope in the communities in which we do business. It is what makes us who we are as a bank. It makes us more than a bank.
Here’s how our Head Office departments and Branches outside Windhoek contributed on the 4th of October:
• Marketing, Risk, Compliance and Public Sector departments: Visited the Moria Grace Orphanage in Katutura and donated two washing machines, two gas stoves, a gas cylinder and non-perishable food items. Children were also treated to hotdogs and cold drinks. Part of the day was spent singing and dancing with some of the 124 kids who reside at the Orphanage.
• Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF) department: Visited the Orlindi House of Safety in Katutura as well as the St Barnabas Primary School in Windhoek and donated non-perishable (canned) food. The St Barnabas School educates a high number of orphans and vulnerable children.
• Private Banking department: Donated maize meal, bread, butter, water and sweets to the men and women selling grass bales near Elisenheim on the way to Hosea Kutako International Airport. These people make ends meet by selling grass bales at N$5 each and barely raise enough to feed themselves and their families.
• Aranos branch: Donated vegetables, soup packs and meat to 17 pensioners.
• Ongwediva branch: Donated soft drinks, hotdogs, toys, soccer balls and puzzles, colouring books, sweets and balloons.
• Mariental branch: Prepared hotdogs and soft drinks for old age pensioners who were collecting pension money at the local post office.
• Rundu branch: Painted the state hospital and also visited the Maternity Ward, Paediatric Ward and the Male Psychiatric Ward. Here they donated toiletries and toys for the kids, face cloths, body soap, body cream, roll on, washing powder, sanitary pads, diapers, baby clothes, wipes, baby blankets, juice, fruits, sweets, toys and slippers.
• Keetmanshoop branch: Visited Blouwes Primary School and donated groceries to the hostel kids.
• Outapi branch: Donated food items to the household of a 90-year-old pensioner who takes care of her disabled daughter and 12 grandchildren.
We will continue to champion the cause of those in need and help in any way we can through the Standard Bank Community Day initiative.
It is our firm belief that to move our country forward, we need to give back.