Orphans receive boost as Absa exceeds funding target

JOHANNESBURG: ABSA Business Banking in Gauteng has raised more than R120 000 for the Orlando Children’s Home in Soweto, in the process exceeding the target by R20 000. In April, the Absa Business Banking team set themselves an ambitious fundraising target of R100 000 per annum for the next three years that would go towards uplifting orphans’ lives at the Soweto-based orphanage.

The bank will host a Christmas party for the children and staff at the orphanage on Friday when Santa Clause will be making a special appearance with gifts and treats for the children.

“A recent UNICEF report estimates that there are around 3.7 million orphans in South Africa and many of these abused, neglected and abandoned children land up in children’s homes such as the orphanage in Orlando,” says Oscar Siziba, Provincial Head of Absa Business Banking in Gauteng.

“In this time where families spend time together, many orphans have no family to go to. This is a gesture to show that South African families can still care and share a smile with those living in poverty and inequality, while endeavoring to eliminate both,” he adds.

The orphanage is currently home to sixty (60) children and youths who have been removed from parental custody for reasons such as abuse, neglect, rape and abandonment. Their ages range between new-borns and 18 years.

SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY