STANBIC Bank Zambia has extended a helping hand to Our Lady’s Hospice in Kalingalinga by donating assorted goods and a gas stove worth K20, 000.
Our Lady’s Hospice offers palliative care for HIV/AIDS and cancer patients,
It also offers basic health care to the surrounding community and depends entirely on donations from organisations.
Stanbic Bank head of personal and business banking Mukwandi Chibesakunda said donation was in view that the bank’s role in the community went beyond facilitating economic development to the social wellbeing of the people in the community.
Speaking at a handover ceremony in Lusaka at the weekend Ms Chibesakunda said the Bank considered in investing in the wellbeing of society as its responsibility by channelling support to organisations that enhanced the quality of life in the communities in which it did business. “As Stanbic Bank, we want to be there on sustainable basis for our communities. We call Zambia our home, therefore we need to drive our growth by making sure that those who are helpless and in need get support that they require,” she said.
Speaking at the same event, Stanbic Bank public relations and communications manager Chanda Katongo said the bank would continue to support the Hospice and the other health facilities in Zambia.
“As a bank we will continue to play a role in improving health facilities in Zambia, we believe in making a difference in our community. Our hope is that our donation will change the lives of the patients at the hospice,” she said.
And Hospice administration Sister Regina thanked Stanbic Bank for the donation.
She said through the donation, the bank had demonstrated that it cared not only about profits but also giving back to the needy in society.
“We appreciate everything that is given to us for the benefit of our patients in the wards, we see to about 90 to 100 patients on a daily basis so we need such help,” she said
Str Regina also urged other companies and organisations to come on board and help the Hospice.
She said the Hospice was facing challenges, as it was dependant on donors to remain operational.