The 2015 Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project has raised a record N$2.6 million for the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN), bringing the total amount of funds raised since its inception 15 years ago to more than N$14.4 million.
The Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project was established in 2002 to create awareness about cancer and educate the Namibian public on how they can protect themselves from cancer.
Due to the growth of the Cancer Apple Project, Bank Windhoek was looking to make significant changes to the format of the Project, to accommodate the public and raise even more funds. Last year the Bank introduced an Entrepreneurial Challenge element for all the Bank Windhoek branches and departments, in which they were given seed capital from the Bank to organise fundraising projects to raise funds for the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project.
This year, the purchasing of apples was also made easy and flexible as members of the public could purchase their apples immediately from any of the 53 Bank Windhoek branches and agencies countrywide, whereas in the past, they had to order the apples and wait for the apples to be delivered at the branch.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Christo de Vries, Managing Director of Bank Windhoek, said: “The continued growth and success of the project can be attributed to the hard work and dedication from all parties involved as well as the enthusiastic support from the public. From the staff members of Bank Windhoek, Fruit and Veg City, Namibian Fresh Produce Market, NamPost Couriers, FedEx, Maerua Super Spar and Radio Wave 96.7, to the staff of the Cancer Association and volunteers of CAN, and even to the packers in the stores. It is not only a very proud moment for Bank Windhoek and its project partners, but also for the communities, businesses, schools and individuals across the country that supported the 2015 Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project. Together, as a team, we all contributed to the fight against Cancer in Namibia. By supporting each other and working together we truly showed that “Together we do Better”.”
More than 500 schools competed to be the winning school in their respective category and share in the N$36 000 prize money. Each winning school received a cash prize of N$7 000, while second place received N$3 000 and third place received N$2 000. The prizes were given in the categories of Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Schools.
The winners are:
- Pre-Primary School Category
First place: Kindergarten West in Windhoek, who sold an average of 39.32 apples per learner. They sold a total of 2202 apples.
Second place: Kelkiewyn Pre-Primary School
Third place: Irmis Kinderecke Pre-Primary Schol
- Primary School Category
First place: Deutsche Privatschule Grootfontein, who sold an average of 264.44 apples per learner. They sold a total of 4760 appleso.
Second place: Omaruru Afrikaans Private School
Third place: Deutsche Privatschule Omaruru
- Secondary School Category
First place: Deutsche Privatschule Otavi, who sold an average of 424.83 apples per learner. They sold a total of 2549 apples.
Second place: Edugate Academy, Otjiwarongo
Third place: Grootfontein Agri College Maerua SuperSpar also awarded stationery packs to the learners who bought/sold the most apples at each of the participating primary and secondary schools.
The partners of the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project are:
- Nampost Couriers and FedEx, who distributed the apples throughout Namibia at no cost.
- Fruit and Veg City, who sourced the apples from South Africa and provided apples at cost price. They also coordinated to the selling of apples.
- RadioWave, our media partner who gave free radio adverts and publicity to the project.
- Maerua SuperSpar, who awarded stationary packs to learners who bought/sold the most apples at participated primary and secondary schools.
- PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), who audited the results of the school competitions, free of charge.
- JayLo Productions, who provided the sound equipment for events during the Project.