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Embrace Mascom virtual charity walk - Official

Mascom Wireless chief communications and public relations officer, Ms Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego has appealed to Francistowners and Batswana at large to embrace this year’s Mascom 2020 virtual Batanani charity walk.

Unlike in the past, where the walk featured categories of kilometres, with participants walking side by side, this year’s walk will be different.

Even though the participants are expected to pay the P100 fee, they will then be expected to walk at a venue and time of their own choice, between October 23 and 31 due to COVID-19.

This years’ proceeds of the annual walk, which is a Mascom Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, will go to Jubilee Psychiatric Clinic, to support the patients and spread awareness on mental health. 

Ms Lebotse-Sebego stressed that Mascom would not be deterred from fulfilling its commitment of supporting a worthy cause by COVID-19. 

“This year it is our determination to have this walk and still observe COVID-19 protocols and regulations,” she told a recent press conference. 

Ms Lebotse-Sebego highlighted the need to contribute to the walk and recognise the fitting word Batanani, which simply translates to ‘unity and supporting each other’ for the good of communities. 

She explained that this year, Mascom had partnered with high profile and celebrated individuals in the likes of Isaac Makwala, Charity Kennedy, Keletso Maidi, Sadi Dikgaka, Loungo Pitse, Khumo Kgwaadira, the media and Mascom staff. 

Senior consultant at Jubilee Clinic, Dr Paul Sidandi thanked Mascom for choosing the clinic as a beneficiary and channeling all the proceeds of the walk to it, to support mental health. 

Dr Sidandi said government alone could not fund such projects, calling on other companies to follow suite.

In his welcome remarks, the Mayor of Francistown, Mr Godisang Radisigo said COVID-19 had made this year a difficult one in the organisation of events, such as the Mascom Batanani charity walk. 

The mayor took advantage of the press conference to talk about Gender Based Violence (GBV), which was increasing at an alarming rate in Botswana.

He said the leadership of this country was against GBV, as Batswana were known for being lovely people.    

Radisigo said the walk was not just aimed at benefiting the recipients, but was also a social economic driver.

He said the Corporate Social Investment initiative by Mascom targeted groups and organisations that worked to contribute to ordinary people and the less privileged.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, MrTumiso Rakgare and his assistant, Mr Billy Buti participated in a two-kilometre walk from Sunshine Plaza Mall to Botho University. 

Speaking in an interview after the walk, Mr Rakgare said government needed the private sector in developing Batswana and commended Mascom Wireless for organising the walk, which would support mental health in Botswana.  

He explained that such a walk was not only for fitness, but also for fighting non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and heart failure. 

He also commended Mascom Wireless for its continued investment in sports, citing the Mascom Top 8 championshipships as an example. Ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Thamani Shabani

Location : Francistown

Event : Charity walk

Date : Oct 26 Mon,2020

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