Pensioners in Otavi treated to early Christmas party

04 Dec 2014 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 04 DEC (NAMPA) - More than 500 senior citizens were treated to an early Christmas party at Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region on Tuesday.
The event was organised by B2Gold Namibia’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department and International Facilities Services (IFS) in association with the Otavi Town Council.
A media statement issued by B2Gold on Thursday said a similar Christmas party was held for the elderly last year.
On Tuesday, gifts were handed over to the pensioners, and they also took home grocery hampers to assist them during the festive season, handed over by Otavi mayor Markus Damaseb.
The B2Gold mine is under construction between Otjiwarongo and Otavi, just off the B1 road and should be completed by the end of this year.
The statement noted that B2Gold’s CSR initiatives focus on areas such as education, health, Small and Medium Enterprises, and conservation.
IFS is the housekeeping and catering contractor for the Otjikoto project.
B2Gold CSR manager Sherri Lytle was quoted in the statement as saying the party was a success last year, and they hope the event gave the elderly even more joy this year.
“Our elders’ wisdom and advice are so easily forgotten in the hustle and bustle of modern life. This is an event to give thanks to the seniors of Otavi, highlighting the special contribution that their knowledge and life experience bring to the local community,” Lytle said.
A choir from the Shalom Primary School in Otavi choir provided entertainment during the party, performing a variety of songs.
It was not confirmed whether the event will take place next year but investigations will be conducted to see if necessary for event to take place, B2Gold Public Relations Officer (PRO) told Nampa.