18 Mar 2014 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 MAR (NAMPA) The Marathon Sugar Golf Day was officially launched here on Tuesday in aid of Hope Village, a charity organisation caring for children with HIV/AIDS.
The golf day, which is scheduled for 04 April this year, is sponsored by Marathon Sugar to the tune of N.dollars 20 000.
Speaking at the official launch, Tongaat Hullet Namibias General Manger Gielie van Zyl said their hope at Marathon Sugar is to make education a reality for children at Hope Village.
Education is essential to a childs development, so help us to make a meaningful contribution towards the development of a day-care centre, he said.
Hope Village takes care of about 85 orphans and vulnerable children affected or infected with HIV/AIDS.
Speaking to Nampa at the launch, Hope Villages founder Marietjie de Klerk expressed her gratitude to Marathon Sugar for the sponsorship and the golf day initiative that will be hosted to raise funds for Hope Village.
De Klerk said they have been looking to set up a project for the children at Hope Village, adding that the golf day event has come at just the right time.
We want to come up with a project where children can do their home-based school learning, and also help children with special needs to complete their studies, she said.
She stated that through that project, they would set up a centre where children can do their afternoon school work and have a structured place where they can do their other school activities.
De Klerk noted that the centre will also be used as a home school premises in the mornings to teach children with special needs.
We have some sponsors that are willing to contribute something to this project, but I cannot mention them now, and I am very excited about the assistance we are getting, she said, adding that they want to give attention to children with special needs and to look at how they can develop education opportunities for all Namibian children.
The centre will be at the same place where Hope Village is currently located - in the Greenwell Matongo residential area.
De Klerk encouraged other people who are running similar facilities to always do everything they can to assist those vulnerable children.
Let us do everything in our power to get them educated. We must get them to understand their abilities and to fulfill their dreams, she stated.
The golf day will be held at the Windhoek Golf and Country Club, and teams of four persons wishing to enter the competition will pay a registration fee of N.dollars 3 500.
The event will kick off at 07h00 and entries are running until 28 March 2014.