Early Christmas vibes kick in as orphans and vulnerable children treated by the O&L Group
More than 150 orphans and vulnerable Children (OVC) at the coast were treated to an early Christmas celebration at the 9th annual Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group Coastal OVC Christmas party that took place last week.
The event followed the 13th annual O&L OVC Christmas party hosted for more than 400 OVCs in Windhoek a fornight ago.
The party was hosted at the Sparta Sports Ground in Walvis Bay by O&L subsidiaries at the coast, and accommodated OVCs from Swakopmund Tears of Hope; Promise Land Soup Kitchen; Promise Land Play School; Kids Haven, Jonah Home and Namsov Learn in Peace Centre.
The children were treated to a party filled with lots of eating goodies, jumping castles and water slides, Mini and Mickey Mascot appearance and of course Santa Clause who made a special arrival on a fire truck! Lovely gifts prepared with love by the O&L employees were individually handed out by Santa to each child. Every year, the operating companies of the O&L Group namely Pick n Pay Namibia; Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL); Namibia Dairies; Broll Namibia; Dimension Data; O&L Energy; O&L Leisure; Hangana Seafood; Kraatz; Weathermen & Co; Brandtribe, as well as sociality support the initiative in line with the Group’s purpose of ‘Creating a future, Enhancing life’, and are committed to making the event a memorable day for the children.
During his welcoming address, Director: Sales & Marketing at Hangana Seafood, Francois Olivier emphasized this annual occasion as a much anticipated event by O&L employees, and commended the group for its commitment and passion to this annual initiative.
“For the O&L Group, children are very special – they are the future of this nation. We are happy and excited to invest in the development of our future generations through various projects throughout the year, as education and development are key pillars of the O&L Corporate Social Investment (CSI) strategy. This also speaks directly to the O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ for all,” Olivier said while encouraging the children to dream big, and to never give up on achieving their dreams.
A surprise visit by the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau had the entire crowd excited and full of cheer ending off with Christmas carols. Esau wished all present a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year, and acknowledged the fact that the company made such effort to bring joy to the children that day.
O&L OVC coastal Christmas party committee member, Tanja Payne said, “The day would not have been possible without the generous support of our external sponsors which include Omega Security, Afrox, The FunShop, Rent-A-Toilet, Chip & Dip, Jolly Lolly, Walvis Bay Fire Brigade, Parties by Zera, Spot On, Craft Centre Walvis Bay, SPUR Walvis Bay, Mpact, Dunamis Coastal Party Equipment, and the immeasurable support of O&L Ambassadors.”
Caption: Hangana Seafood Managing Director (left) and Minister of Fisheries & Marine Resources, Bernard Esau enjoying a photo moment with some of the children.