First National Bank gives to Leprosarium
First National Bank (FNB), through its Act of Random Kindness (ARK) project, has donated assorted food items, some consumables, and cash worth over GH?8,000 to the Weija Leprosarium in Accra.
The items, which included bags of rice and maize, toiletries, tins of milk, sugar, some medical suppliers including gauze bandages, liquid disinfectant, methylated spirits, and surgical gloves, among others to support the daily upkeep of the inmates who are mostly aged.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the Leprosarium home in Weija last week, Sandile Nhleko, Chief Financial Officer of the bank, reiterated the private sector’s role in assisting the government to execute its mandate of growing the economy to make life easy for citizens, hence his team’s gesture.
“Citizens of the country will always look up to the government to do things for them, but we understand that there is a population and it will be difficult for them to get to everybody. So, it is very important for corporates or private companies to realise that they have a role to play”, he said, calling on other institutions to follow suit to help narrow the gap between the rich and the less privileged in the society.
Mr. Nhleko further noted that, even though his outfit has operated in the country for less than two years, it deems it necessary to give back to the society, adding that banks are not supposed to be seen as people that are taking money with all the charges, but people that are looking to make a difference in their communities.
The bank’s donation to the home is also aimed at providing some basic needs of the home, and reducing the burden of the caretakers, as well as showing love to them during the Easter season.
Leading inmates to receive the items, George Quansah, Administrator of the home expressed gratitude to the bank for the support.
He said the home is currently challenged with mobilising funds for the upkeep, including decent accommodation for the thirty inmates, and called on other corporate organisations to come to their aid.
Headquartered in South Africa, First National Bank obtained a Universal Banking license from the Bank of Ghana (BoG) in 2015 and officially launched to start full banking operations in Ghana in March last year.
The leading bank in South Africa, operates in countries across the continent, including Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Lesotho, and Swaziland.
Mr. Sandile Nhleko (3rd right) and two other employees of the bank doing the presentation.