Apple project delivers record N$2.6 million

(L-R) Managing Director of Fruit and Veg City, Louis Peens; Managing Director, Bank Windhoek, Cristo de Vries, CEO of CAN, Rolf Hansen and Vice-President of CAN, Advocate Deon at the handing over of N$2.6 million that was raised through the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple project, 2015. (Photograph by Mandisa Rasmeni).

Bank Windhoek handed over a record N$2.6 million to the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) that was raised through this year’s Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project, earlier this week at the Polytechnic Hotel School.

This year, the purchasing of apples was made easy and flexible as members of the public could purchase their apples directly 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.
Bank Windhoek’s managing director, Christo de Vries said he has a special relationship with the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple project, as it was his very first assignment to officiate at the Bank in 2011.
“Today, four years on, I am still amazed at how people can stand together to work towards a common cause and I am therefore, proud to handover the funds raised this year to, CAN,” he said.
He also applauded the efforts of CAN to create awareness about this dreadful disease and to care for patients who suffer from cancer. “The annual Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple project is now in its 15th year, and it is one of Namibia’s biggest and most successful fund-raising projects, involving almost every Namibian in all regions, and the continued growth and success of the project can be attributed to the hard work and dedication from all parties involved,” added Christo.
Advocate Deon Obbes, Vice-President of the CAN, said that success does not come without sacrifice and diligence and that CAN is and remains sincerely thankful for the unwavering dedication to this project.
“Bank Windhoek’s initiative in this regard not only makes it a unique and special banking institution, but reflects that it has a soul,” he added.
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.
Maerua SuperSpar also awarded stationary packs to the learners that bought or sold the most apples at each of the participating primary and secondary schools.
Bank Windhoek partnered with NamPost Couriers, FedEx, Fruit and Veg City, RadioWave, Maerua SuperSpar, PricewaterhouseCoopers and JayLo Productions on the Cancer Apple project.