SELEBI-PHIKWE: Cresta Bosele Hotel on Friday demonstrated a spirit of compassion by donating the proceeds of this year’s Letlhafula Cultural Festival to a learner with disability, Tumisang Jacob (24).
Cresta Bosele Letlhafula Cultural Festival is on its seventh edition this year after it started in 2011. The beneficiary, who was identified through the help of the Ministry of Youth Empowerment Sports and Culture Development (MYSC), has two kids aged three years and nine months old. She lost her mother while she was two-years-old and she has been under the care of her cousin since then.
Cresta management donated a P240 bus fare from now until the school closes. She used to walk about five kilometres to and from school everyday carrying food hampers that were donated to her. Mokabiri Transport Services also pledged to transport Jacob to and from school from January to June next year.
Cresta Bosele general manager, Julius Keepilwe, said they have collaborated with MYSC, who identified the beneficiary, to restore the community’s dignity through Letlhafula Cultural Festival. The money is raised through the sale of tickets.
He said though this year was tough in terms of raising funds due to the town’s economic situation, Bosele found it fit to remain loyal to its corporate social responsibility. “Phikwe is not dying hence we have to demonstrate this gesture to confirm it,”
Deputy mayor Dorcus Letlhogela said Bosele Hotel as a business is part of the Selebi-Phikwe community and appreciated the hotel’s gesture of ploughing back to the community that sustains its business. She added that the spirit of giving to the underprivileged unites the community to become one big family. Letlhogela applauded the spirit of compassion that she said should be copied by the upcoming generations.
MYSC official Mbiganyi Magina said the gesture will go a long way in addressing Jacob’s special needs and the endeavour to realize the Vision 2036’s pillar of human and social development.
He added that such a gesture is double-edged as it is borne out of the need to promote culture through the cultural festival and also takes cognisance of the needs of vulnerable youth as espoused in the National Revised Policy on Youth. He added that Bosele Hotel has also demonstrated that the private sector has played a pivotal role on nurturing culture and performing arts.
“My ministry’s partnership with the private sector is beginning to bear fruits in the success of local groups and individuals that are attributable to initiatives such as this one,” he added.