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BHC has once again made a significant stride in fulfilling its Corporate Social responsibility commitments of uplifting the livelihood of Batswana. The Corporation recently donated items estimated at a cost of P30 000 to the Paediatric Ward at the Deborah Retief Memorial Hospital in Mochudi village during the just ended festive season. Goods donated included Medical equipments, television, DVD player and sets of Edutainment DVDs, toys, kiddy tables and chairs.
Handing over the donations, BHC CEO Mr Reginald Motswaiso stated that in executing its crucial mandate of providing housing and shelter to Batswana in general, the Corporation recognize that the government needs assistance in addressing some societal problems and challenges.
He added that it is the responsibility of the Corporation to assist government to provide security, comfort, and support to disadvantaged people especially those in their most desperate hour, due to illness and other natural causes. He said that the Corporation’s intervention could never be this timely, especially for those children that are hospitalized during the festive season, when most of their peers’ spirits start soaring high, owing to the expectations heaped on the generosity of their parents.
“We want to show these children that we care and that our love is inspired by hope and the need to bridge the gap between being home and experiences of the hospital during the festive season. We wish them a speedy recovery.”
Mr Motswaiso highlighted that giving is healing and the occasion can only be equated to sowing acres of love. He said that For BHC, this is borne out of the corporation’s value of BOTHO adding that the Corporation has a social responsibility policy through which it extends financial assistance and/or support to deserving organisations. He revealed that over the years, the Corporation has undertaken a number of initiatives of a similar magnitude in hospitals across the country with a particular focus on Paediatric Wards for one major reason of caring for children and ushering help to change their world and play our part in being their hope.
“We have assisted children in hospitals such as Nyangabwe in Francistown, Sekgoma Memorial Hospital in Serowe, Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Molepolole, Letsholathebe Memorial in Maun and the Bamalete Lutheran Hospital in Ramotswa. The intention is to bring joy and happiness to the hospitalized children as well as to soothe their feelings and to enhance their healing process.”
In his remarks, the Hospital Superintendent, Dr Otieno Harry Farrah extended his heartfelt gratitude to the Corporation for making such an incredible donation to the hospital. He said that the timely donation of the corporation will ensure that the children will have an extremely wonderful time during their hospitalisation.
“These gifts together with the medical equipment will bring smile to this children and the hospital management as a whole. The timing of the donations could not be perfect because the children needs love and care and by these donations the Corporation has abundantly shown that.”
Mr Otieno also pleaded with the Corporation to consider building houses for the hospital staff in Mochudi. He said that accommodation for the staff remains a huge challenge as there is currently shortage of houses.