Breweries looking for new Ambassadors
The programme, first launched three years ago, seeks to recognize Namibians who have done extraordinary things nationally in the fields of Education, Sports, Health, Science &Technology, Business, Arts, and Conservation and Community.
According to head judge of the programme, Kirsty Watermeyer, this year they are looking for people who set the example through their deeds and actions for others to follow but not with the intention of being the leader, instead with the intention of betterment for all.
“As with every year, this competition is about celebrating Namibian success stories. Celebrating Namibians who, despite the odds, are pushing forward not only to build a better life for themselves but also for their communities. An ambassador realizes that we are all part of one community and therefore by extending a hand to another you are also extending the hand to yourself,” she said.
“Being part of this project is such an honour as it allows us to see that there is so much to celebrate – so many achievements and so many admirable people in this country that are setting the example and blazing trails for others to follow. They are the ones creating a better life for today and also for tomorrow,” Watermeyer told the Economist.
Gladys Kahaka, Windhoek Lager Ambassador in the category Health, Science and Technology said this initiative is excellence as it recognises the contribution in many different fields, not only science.
“It means a lot to me, I am honoured to have been chosen as an ambassador, it means it’s a turning point for my research because they give some money for my research. It means promoting science especially to the youth and women. It is encouraging to myself and to the public, it means that the public recognise and see that what we are doing is also relevant even to the development of the country,” she said.
Jacquiline Pack, a Brand Manager at Namibia Breweries Ltd said, “These individuals go often unrecognised in society as their contributions are only noticeable by individual communities but through this programme we are committed to unearth Namibia’s gems, celebrate their achievements while giving them due recognition and appreciation for their selfless contributions.”
Rosemary Shipiki, Marketing Manager of NBL added that the programme is another avenue whereby the Breweries live its purpose by appreciating its heritage as a Namibian company, and celebrating the successes of Namibians that have humble but proud stories like the story of Windhoek Lager.
“As human beings, it is in our nature to need recognition, and acknowledgement for our efforts. For us the Windhoek Lager Ambassador programme is crucially important in recognising, celebrating and rewarding fellow Namibians who go the extra mile, are dedicated to our country and our people, and in their own way create a future and enhance life,” she said.
“For this programme to achieve that, we need your assistance by bringing forth or helping us to unearth those fellow Namibians that are working selflessly to advance the well-being of our communities or have achieved something extraordinary that Namibians should be aware of and take pride in,” Shipiki further added.
The programme was initiated three years ago as the Windhoek Lager Namibia Ambassador of the Year programme in celebration of Namibia’s 20 years of Independence and NBL’s 90 years of existence.